Outdoor Adventure helps youth experience the fun and excitement of the outdoors as they progress from day hikes to overnight camping trips to extended backpacking expeditions. The projects feature experiences related to food, shelter, “Leave No Trace” ethics, safety, navigating, equipment and camp management. Youth and adults can learn to preserve and appreciate the out-of-doors as they experience Montana’s abundant natural resources. This is a great club project for a group of youth and adults who want to learn more about teamwork and responsibility as they plan their adventures.

Outdoor Adventures, Level 1

Youth will learn about shelter selection, “Leave No Trace” camping skills, outdoor cooking, environmental awareness and appreciation.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Complete at least six activities each year. It is recommended that you complete two activities in Chapter 1 before heading out on your first short 1-2 hour day hike; two activities in Chapter 2 before doing a half-day hike; and two activities including the Leave No Trace Activity in Chapter 3 and 4 before hitting the trail for a full-day hike. Each level may take up to three years to complete.

MATERIALS

M Hiking Trails, BU8043, $6.00
L Outdoor Adventure Helper’s Guide, BU8046, $6.00

Outdoor Adventures, Level 2

In Level 2, youth will experience planning and taking a day-long hiking trip in a more remote area. Youth will also learn about proper clothing needs, what to pack in a daypack, how to read topographic maps and new orienteering skills.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Complete at least six activities each year. Do at least 10 of the Camping Adventures activities and 10 Reach the Peak activities to complete this achievement program and receive a completion certificate. Each level may take up to three years to complete.

MATERIALS

M Camping Adventures, BU8044, $6.00
L Outdoor Adventures Helper’s Guide, BU8046, $6.00

Outdoor Adventures, Level 3

Level 3 focuses on being on the trail overnight. Youth will consider clothing needs and learn how to set up tents and use backcountry stoves safely. They will also learn about basic nutritional needs, menu planning, personal hygiene and basic first aid.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Complete at least six activities each year. Before you go backpacking complete at least two activities in Chapter 1, including Gathering Group Gear, complete Food for Thought in Chapter 2; complete the Leave No Trace in Your Place activity in Chapter 3; and complete all the activities in Chapter 4. Complete at least 20 of the Backpacking Expeditions and Reach the Peak activities within three years to complete this achievement program.

MATERIALS

M Backpacking Expeditions, BU8045, $6.00
L Outdoor Adventure Helper’s Guide, BU8046, $6.00
Outdoor Adventures Independent Study 
Outdoor Adventure Helper’s Guide, BU8046, $6.00 Facilitates the teaching of the three levels of the Outdoor Adventures curriculum. Activities include risk management, the role of a leader, trip planning, health care planning, menu planning, Leave No Trace, camping ethics, adapting programs to special needs populations and evaluation of programs.