Older Scout Activities - 2019
If your Scout is 13 years or older, they can participate in unique afternoon programs that are focused on a specific subject like water, sports or recreational challenges.  Space is limited for all programs.  Scouts should plan on attending every day that their activity is offered.
COPE  (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) ) | Age 14+
(4 days) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Our “Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience” program is designed to challenge you both mentally and physically.  The program consists of teambuilding activities on the ground, the low course (elements 6ft in height) and the high course (elements 20ft in height).  Based upon the values of teamwork and “challenge by choice”, no one is forced to do a task they do not wish to undertake.  Participants will earn the COPE “knot” after completion of the course.

Open Water Skiing | Age 13+
Monday - Three sessions - Class size is limited to 2 Scouts per session.
• 2:00-2:50pm
• 3:00-3:50pm
• 4:00-4:50pm
Participants must be classified as Swimmers and have Water Sports MB or equivalent skills.  This is NOT a merit badge class. 

Water Skiing Experience | Age 13+
Nine Sessions are available – Class size limited to 2 Scouts per session
• Monday 7:00-8:30 and Tuesday 2:00-2:50
• Monday 7:00-8:30 and Tuesday 3:00-3:50
• Monday 7:00-8:30 and Tuesday 4:00-4:50
• Tuesday 7:00-8:30 and Wednesday 2:00-2:50
• Tuesday 7:00-8:30 and Wednesday 3:00-3:50
• Tuesday 7:00-8:30 and Wednesday 4:00-4:50
• Wednesday 7:00-8:30 and Thursday 2:00-2:50
• Wednesday 7:00-8:30 and Thursday 3:00-3:50
• Wednesday 7:00-8:30 and Thursday 4:00-4:50

Participants must be classified as Swimmers and have Swimming MB.  Scouts will begin working on the requirements for Water Sports Merit Badge.  The required evening session will to cover the non-skiing requirements and an introduction.  If you have a conflict with the evening session, you may talk to the aquatics director about taking it a different night before your actual skiing session.

Open Sailing | Age 13+
Monday  2:00-5:00pm – Class size limited based on number of sailboats
Participants must be Swimmers and already have Small-boat Sailing MB or equivalent skills.  This is NOT a merit badge class.

Sailing Experience| Age 13+
Thee sessions are available – Class size limited based on number of sailboats
• Monday 7:00-8:30 and Tuesday 2:00-5:00pm
• Tuesday 7:00-8:30 and Wednesday 2:00-5:00pm
• Wednesday 7:00-8:30 and Thursday 2:00-5:00pm

Love to sail or looking to refine your skills?  How about an afternoon of sailing on Panther Pond?  Participants must be Swimmers, but do not need to have prior sailing experience.  Course will vary according to the experience of participants.  This is intended for Scouts interested in earning the Small-boat Sailing merit badge.  The required evening session will to cover the non-sailing requirements and an introduction.  If you have a conflict with the evening session, you may talk to the aquatics director about taking it a different night before your actual sailing session.

Kayaking BSA | Age 13+
Four sessions are available – Class size limited based on number of kayaks
• Monday 2:00-5:00pm
• Tuesday 2:00-5:00pm
• Wednesday 2:00-5:00pm
• Thursday 2:00-5:00pm

Never used a kayak and would like to try it out before taking the merit badge, well here is your chance. Participants must be Swimmers, but do not need to have prior kayaking experience.  Course will vary according to the experience of participants.
 

Snorkeling BSA | Age 13+
Four sessions are available – Class size limited
• Monday 2:00-5:00pm
• Tuesday 2:00-5:00pm
• Wednesday 2:00-5:00pm
• Thursday 2:00-5:00pm

The Snorkeling BSA award introduces Scouts and adult leaders to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with snorkeling; encourages the development of aquatics skills that promote fitness and recreation; and provides a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activities. Participants must be Swimmers.

Paddleboard BSA | Age 13+
Four sessions are available – Class size limited
• Monday 2:00-5:00pm
• Tuesday 2:00-5:00pm
• Wednesday 2:00-5:00pm
• Thursday 2:00-5:00pm

The Paddleboard BSA award has been developed to introduce Scouts to basic paddle boarding skills, equipment, and safety precautions; to encourage the development of skills that promote fitness and safe aquatic recreation; and to lay a skill and knowledge foundation for those who will later participate in more advanced and demanding activities on the water.  Participants must be Swimmers. 

SCUBA | Age 13+
Full Week-Morning Program Weeks 2, 3, and 4
Want to explore the world beneath the waves? The SCUBA program at Hinds will take any Scout or adult to new depths in a new experience that will give them several rewards including the Scuba BSA Award, Scuba Diving Merit Badge and the NAUI Certification.  More information is in the Specialty Program section – here

 
Pistol Program | Age 14+
Two sessions are available – Class size limited to 8
Monday & Tuesday 2:00-5:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday 2:00-5:00pm

If you are 14 or older (and entering or in high school), join us in our newest shooting sport - the Pistol Program.  Participants will work closely with range officers to learn safe handling, and proper pistol shooting techniques.  We will be offering two sessions during the week (one from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Monday & Tuesday and one from 1:00 to 5:00 Wednesday and Thursday).
More information is in the Specialty Program section – here
 


 
SeaPerch Navigation | Age 13+

Four sessions are available – Each session limited to 12 Scouts
Monday 2:00-5:00pm
Tuesday 2:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 2:00-5:00pm
Thursday 2:00-5:00pm

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).  During the first part of the program Scouts will learn the basics of SeaPerch underwater navigation.  After some practice, the group will be divided into small teams to compete in an obstacle course navigation challenge.
 

Trail Blazers | Age 13+
Two sessions are available
Monday & Tuesday 2:00-5:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday 2:00-5:00pm

This conservation group will work with the Nature staff to restore the camp’s hiking trails.  With your Scoutmaster’s approval you can use this as service hours toward rank advancement.

MERIT BADGES

In addition to the programs listed above the following merit badges are reserved for Scouts 13 years of age or older.
 

Camping MB
Citizenship in the Community MB
Citizenship in the Nation MB
Citizenship in the World MB
Climbing MB
Communication MB
Environmental Science MB
Exploration MB
Motorboating MB
Personal Management MB
Robotics MB
Shotgun Shooting MB
Signs, Signals, and Codes MB
Small Boating Sailing MB
Sustainability MB
Water Sports MB
Welding MB



Last Update: January 21, 2019