Outdoor Programs


Outdoor adventure is the promise made to boys when they join Scouting. Boys yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

In the outdoors, boys have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore canoe and hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of a boy as he learns to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature’s unexpected circumstances. Scouts plan and carry out activities with thoughtful guidance from their Scoutmaster and other adult leaders. Good youth leadership, communication, and teamwork enable them to achieve goals they have set for themselves, their patrol or squad, and their troop or team.

Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education. Unit meetings offer information and knowledge used on outdoor adventures each month throughout the year. A leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn outdoor skills is to do it themselves on a troop outing.

Bike Program Guides Being Developed

The BSA’s Biking Task Force is developing guidelines for BMX and mountain biking programs. The BSA is seeking your feedback. See the documents on the new biking page for more information.

Local Council Participation Grant Program

Many councils realize great savings by participating in nationally negotiated contracts. The BSA would like to encourage more participation and pass along even more savings to local councils. The BSA has developed a grant program based on the savings that have accrued on our total purchases as of the anniversary of these contracts. Click here to learn more and apply.



DSC_0629Float Trips

BSA groups shall use Safety Afloat for all boating activities. Adult leaders supervising activities afloat must have completed Safety Afloat training within the previous two years. Cub Scout activities afloat are limited to council or district events that do not include moving water or float trips (expeditions). Safety Afloat standards apply to the use of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, floating tubes, sailboats, motorboats (including waterskiing), and other small craft, but do not apply to transportation on large commercial vessels such as ferries and cruise ships. Parasailing (being towed airborne behind a boat using a parachute), kitesurfing (using a wakeboard towed by a kite), and recreational use of personal watercraft (small sit-on-top motorboats propelled by water jets) are not authorized BSA activities.

fCompass/Orienteering Course at the Yuma West Wetlands Park

If you enjoy compass/orienteering courses then you will be happy to know that you no longer need to leave Yuma or create your own course. A course has been established for military personnel, Boy Scouts, Yuma residents, and visitors at the Yuma West Wetlands Park!

All you need to enjoy the course is a compass, waypoints, and map of the West Wetlands. There is a pace count area located at the north end of the park (near the Burrowing Owl Habitat). If you are interested in this exciting venture but do not know about compass/orienteering courses; read on!

Orienteering is a competitive form of land navigation. Orienteering began in Scandinavia in the nineteenth century and was brought to the U.S. in 1946. It is for all ages and degrees of fitness and skill. It provides the suspense and excitement of a treasure hunt. The object of orienteering is to locate control points by using a map and compass to navigate around a specified area.

Map_of_Arizona_highlighting_Yuma_County.svgAreas within 3 hours of  Yuma County

Always call locations to verify accuracy of times and fees. Changes may occur without notice.