Cub Scouts (boys first grade through fifth grade) meet in small groups called dens, for weekly meetings. Once a month, all the dens meet together as a pack. Often that monthly meeting will involve a fun activity. Cubs and their families take part in events such as the pinewood derby model car race, or the raingutter regatta model boat race. Or, there could be a picnic, trip to the ball game, etc. Many Cub packs schedule camping trips, including visits to Camp Miles or Camp Flying Eagle. Units are also encouraged to attend the Southwest Florida Council’s Cub Scout Summer Day Camp.
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Boy Scouts (boys ages 11-17) usually meet once a week as an entire troop, and then have some kind of group activity once a month – typically a weekend campout. Scout troops are encouraged to attend a week of summer camp each year at another Scout camp in Florida or possibly outside the state (the Scouts themselves usually decide where they want to go, with adult leadership having the final say). Boy Scouts can also attend a week of winter camp at Camp Flying Eagle where they will work on advancement and enjoy backpacking and other special programs. Scouts also have the opportunity to enjoy amazing High Adventure opportunities, such as backpacking in New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch, and snorkeling and sailing at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. Boy Scouts also organize and take part in community service projects, benefiting neighborhoods, schools, churches and more.
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Venturers and Sea Scouts (young men and women ages 13 – and have completed eighth grade – to 20) enjoy a dynamic, specialized program that normally focuses on specific topics like wilderness survival camping, emergency preparedness, high adventure camping, search and rescue training and more. Typically a Venture crew or Sea Scout ship will meet at least once a month, then have some kind of monthly event or trip. There may also be social events that happen several times a month, depending on the group. Awards in the Venturing program emphasize teaching skills to others, so it’s not unusual to find crews serving as staff members for some Southwest Florida Council training programs.
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