Camping With Pack 46

Pack 46 prides itself on the fact that we camp a lot for a Cub Scout Pack, and we have a great time doing it. For 2014-15, we have four campouts planned for the year. We like to keep the “outing” in Scouting.

Cub Scout camping is family camping. Each Cub Scout must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, but the whole family (parents and siblings) are welcome (unmarried adults may not sleep in the same tent). Siblings are welcome at Council and District camping events, too. The exception to the family camping is Webelos Den Camping (and Webelos campouts with Boy Scout troops), which is just for the Webelos Scout and one parent or legal guardian.

Even if you’ve never camped before, Cub Scouts family camping is fun and easy. We are usually parked near our campsite — there’s no backpacking! You need a tent and usually a sleeping bag and pad make things comfortable, but you can get by on most campouts with a couple of blankets.

Camping Costs

Other than acquiring camping gear (and you can borrow or rent until you’re sure what you need and what works for you), Cub Scout camping is very affordable as far as family entertainment goes.

Pack campouts generally run about $6 per person (with a maximum per family) to cover food, campground, and other expenses. We try to keep pack campout fees as low as possible (max $20 per family for PACK campouts; district and council camps are more expensive). District and Council camps tend to run about $45 for 1 Cub Scout plus 1 parent, with additional kids running about $15 each and parents $10 each. T-shirts are extra (and run about $15).

Camping Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of gear do you need for Cub Scout camping?

Not all that much, actually. All Cub Scout camping is group car camping (no backpacking). You need:

  • tent
  • sleeping bag (1 per family member)
  • sleeping pad, air mattress, or cot (1 per family member)
  • eating kit (a.k.a. “mess kit”) (1 per family member)
  • Water bottle (1 per family member)
  • camp chairs (1 per family member)
  • toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, biodegradable soap, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunscreen
  • flashlight and spare batteries
  • clothing appropriate for the weather, including a hat and rain gear
  • healthy snacks

Camping Opportunities

In addition to several pack overnighters, we participate in two Council or District campouts.

Cub Adventure (October)

In October, we have the Razorback District’s Cub Adventure Campout. We’ll camp along with other packs from the district for two nights. The district provides activities on Saturday, capped by a big campfire program after dark on Saturday, but we eat and camp together as a pack.

Pack 46 Fall Pack Overnighter (October)

We usually have a fall Pack overnight campout on a Saturday night in October.  In 2013 and 2012, we went to Frank Childress Scout Reservation near Joplin, Missouri. In 2011, we went to Devil’s Den State Park. In 2010, we went to Lake Wedington.

Pack 46 Spring Campout (March)

For 2015, we are going to Devil’s Den and Roaring River State Parks.  In 2014, we went to Roaring River State Park. In 2013, we went to Devil’s Den State Park. In Spring 2012, we went to Roaring River State Park in Missouri and fished for trout (and did a little swimming — some of it unplanned!) and had a great time.

Spring Family Camp at Camp Orr (April or May)

In May, we have the Council’s Spring Family Camp at Camp Orr on the Buffalo River, near Jasper, Arkansas. Food is provided as part of the registration fee at Family Camp, but we camp together, though there are many other packs from across the entire Council there.

Twilight Camp (June/July)

This is a four-evening version of day camp (held 5:30 to 9pm). Lots of belt loop and rank badge activities (including archery and BB gun shooting). Lots of fun. It’s usually the last week of June (and maybe a day or two of July). Has included an evening at the Springdale Aquatic Park the last two years, which has been a blast!

Cub Scout Resident Camp (August/September)

A weekend (Friday through Sunday) at Camp Orr, near Jasper, Arkansas, or Rogers Scout Reservation, near Booneville. Webelos are the center of this weekend, but all Cub Scouts can attend. Webelos go on an overnight hike and campout away from their one Friday night.