This is one of the COOL awards that is actually a patch emblem that is sewn directly onto the pocket flap! It can be earned EVERY YEAR of your Cub Scout's scouting career with different requirements for each rank. The first year is the patch, after that it's pins that are pinned onto the patch.
First and foremost, to earn this award -- attendance at CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP is mandatory! So, have YOU signed up your scout for Day Camp yet? It's an AWESOME 4-day experience for the boys and the Mustang District puts on one of THE best and largest Day Camps in our Council! Click HERE for more information on Day Camp and how to register.
Back to the Outdoor Activity Award. . . Scouts would start working on this award after school is over this year and therefore, it will apply toward their NEW Scout rank which they begin working on the first day of summer. They will have the ENTIRE YEAR to meet the requirements of that year's rank-specific criteria. The requirements are:
Attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp.
Complete one requirement in Achievement 5, "Let's Go Outdoors" (Tiger Cub Handbook) and complete three of the outdoor activities listed below.
Wolf Cub Scouts
Assemble the "Six Essentials for Going Outdoors" (Wolf Handbook, Elective 23b) and discuss their purpose, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.
Bear Cub Scouts
Earn the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award (Bear Handbook, Elective 25h) and compete five of the outdoor activities listed below.
Earn the Outdoorsman Activity Badge (Webelos Handbook) and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.
Outdoor Activities for all Ranks
With your den, pack, or family:
- Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail, or just a hike to observe nature in your area.
- Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or park fun day.
- Explain the buddy system and tell what to do if lost. Explain the importance of cooperation.
- Attend a pack overnighter. Be responsible by being prepared for the event.
- Complete an outdoor service project in your community.
- Complete a nature/conservation project in your area. This project should involve improving, beautifying, or supporting natural habitats. Discuss how this project helped you to respect nature.
- Earn the Summertime Pack Award.
- Participate in a nature observation activity. Describe or illustrate and display your observations at a den or pack meeting.
- Participate in an outdoor aquatic activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den or pack swim.
- Participate in an outdoor campfire program. Perform in a skit, sing a song, or take part in a ceremony.
- Participate in an outdoor sporting event.
- Participate in an outdoor Scout's Own or other worship service.
- Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys the park rules.