Mountain Man -- First Year Camper Program
The Mountain Man Program is designed for those Scouts who have either just crossed over from Webelos or have limited camping experience. As new rank requirements are adopted, the Mountain Man Program is constantly under review and revision to meet those changing requirements.. Basic Scout skills for the inexperienced Scout form the basis of the program. The program focuses on obtaining Tenderfoot through First Class rank advancement requirements.
Mountain Man is a two-hour program held every morning all week. There are two sessions every day. The remainder of the day, scouts can work on merit badges that may interest them, or participate in troop activity periods.
Scouts are instructed in the following skill areas: woods tools, meal preparation and cooking, pioneering, knots, orienteering, nature, first aid, and outdoor citizenship. Additional skills are also offered focusing on Tenderfoot through First Class advancement requirements. In addition, Scouts can participate in a five mile hike, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.
Mountain Man Packing List
In addition to the items on the basic camp packing list, Scouts participating in Mountain Man should bring:
- Scout Handbook
- Water Bottle
- Compass (if you have one)
- Pencil or Pen
- Day Pack
- Rain Gear
- Personal items such as a first aid kit or insect repellent
Mountain Man T-Shirt and Patches
All Mountain Main participants will receive a “Mountain Man” t-shirt and a special patch to commemorate their week at camp. This t-shirt and patch are given out to those Scouts completing the program during Mountain Man Graduation on Friday.
Mountain Man Adult Leader Participation
Since the Scouts participating in the Mountain Man Program are new, it is required that each unit assign one or more adults to actively work with their Scouts in this program. This includes observation, assistance with safety, discipline and active participation in the five-mile hike and orienteering course. This is an excellent opportunity for adult leaders to become acquainted with their new Scouts and forge a bond with them that will last throughout the Scouts’ career and life.
2018 Requirements Covered
The following is a list of BSA Advancement Requirements that will be covered in most Mountain Man sessions. Actual requirement completion may vary based on weather and other factors.
- 4a, 4b – Knots
- 5 – Pocketknife
- 2a, 2b, 2c – Cooking
- 3a, 3b, 3c –Knots
- 3d – Knife, saw and ax
- 4a, 4c – First Aid and prevention
- 4b – Poisonous plants
- 5a, 5b, 5c – Hiking
- 7a – Citizenship
- 8 – EDGE method
- 1b – Leave No Trace
- 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d – Cooking and Fire
- 2f, 2g - Knots
- 3a, 3c, 3d – Compass
- 6 - First aid
- 8a, 8b - Citizenship
- 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d – Knots and lashing
- 5a – Nature
- 5b, 5c, 5d – Weather
- Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit
- Covered in the optional evening hike
- Second Class – 3b – 5 mile hike
Covered during swim check on Sunday
- Second Class – 5b - swimming
- First Class - 6a - swimming
Covered during Swimming Merit Badge (Scout must register separately)
- Second Class – 5a, 5c, 5d - swimming
- First Class – 6e - Swimming
Covered on your own, using the orienteering course (open to any Scout)
- First Class – 4a – 1 mile orienteering course