Afternoon Troop Activities
Make the most of your afternoons at camp this year with our afternoon schedule.  Following an hour siesta the afternoon program opens up to allow Scouts to experience summer fun as a troop. On Monday through Thursday, Camp Hinds offers 12 activities periods (three each day) for troops to experience all the areas of camp.  All the activities are 50 minutes.  It is our hope that each troop will schedule at least one activity in each of our 12 program areas.
  •   Please attend activities as a group, encourage all Scouts to come and try the activity.
  •   If you are a large troop, you may wish to schedule more than one activity at a time.
  •   All troops must have an adult present at the activity.
  •   If you opt for a troop time and want to visit a program area please ask them ahead of time.
  •   If you end up not going to a scheduled session please let the office or the area know!
  •   Realize that you may be sharing an area with another troop!
  •   Never invite yourself into a program area that is not staffed!
To Register: Register for afternoon activities by completing the form in the back of this guide. 
Then:
  • Mail the form to camp:  Camp William Hinds  146 Plains Road, Raymond, Maine 04071
  • Email a copy to the camp director:  dzaharis@gmail.com
  • Turn it in at the Scoutmaster and SPL orientation meeting at 1:00pm on Sunday
The sooner we get the form the better.  Many sessions have restricted sizes or certain days of operation so preference will be given to those who register early.

Afternoon Troop Activity Selections

The following is a description of the available activities organized by program areas.

BOATING
 

Tenny River Run (3 hours 4:00pm-7:00pm)
Grab a canoe or kayak and a bag lunch from the kitchen and head on a scenic adventure down the Tenny River to Crescent Lake. The perfect activity for a troop of swimmers – the unit will be expected to provide the proper leadership for this trip, including one with Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training (training available for leaders online or Monday at camp). 

Troop Boating
Enjoy a little time on the water in a rowboat, canoe or kayak.

Troop Fishing
Bring your own gear or check out some from the nature area.  Some Scouts can fish from the shore at Tenny Point while others take a rowboat out on the lake or down the river.

 

Campwide
 

CPR Practical
This session will educate Scouts in how to do the basics of CPR and the Heimlich. This is not a certification course but it does satisfy the CPR requirement for aquatic merit badges, First Aid, and Emergency Preparedness.
Service Projects: A Scout does a good turn each day, but at Camp we only ask for one a week! Sign up for a Camp Improvement Project, Campsite Improvement Project, or Conservation Project!

Camp Improvement Project
This type of project will be designated by the commissioner or ranger. You may be asked to do brush cleanup, move a fence, clean up an area, build or put something together.

Campsite Improvement
Earn some extra inspection points by coming up with a project to improve your site. Please communicate your ideas with the commissioner or ranger before acting, material may be provided if project is approved.

Conservation Project
Join our Nature Staff to help camp preserve its greatest resource, Nature. In this project you may work on clearing or moving a trail, creating erosion control, or improving wildlife habitats. 

Craftshop
 

Survival Bracelets
“Be Prepared” for anything while wearing a paracord bracelet that you made yourself.  Stop by the Craftshop for this fun and useful project.

Craftstrip projects
Craftstrip has been a popular craft with the Boy Scouts since its introduction at the Third World Jamboree in 1929.  Your troop will have the chance to work with craftstrip (gimp).  Make a lanyard, neckerchief slide, bracelet, and more.  Learn how to do lacing, make a round braid or a spiral braid for your project.

Leather Projects
Use some of our patterns or design your own to make some useful leather project.  Learn how to punch, lace, and stitch leather, tooling techniques and more.

Duck Tape Projects
What kind of useful and decorative project can you make using only duct tape?  These projects could include a neckerchief slide, watch band, toy, laptop case, pouch, wallet, or patrol flag.  Do you have a favorite decorative duct tape, then bring it along.

Neckerchief Slides 
Make neckerchief slides by pouring Plaster of Paris into special molds or carve them from wood.  Schedule this at the beginning of the week so the plaster has time to dry or you have
                     time to finish your carving.

Troop Painting
Scouts have an opportunity to paint a variety of projects including neckerchief slides, patrol flags, and troop plaques! (If this is scheduled before your Troop has received its plaque, you can pick one up at while at the Craftshop!)
 

Woodburning
Woodburning is the art or process of burning a design into wood with an electrically heated tool.  Select a small wooden plaque or Scout stave, draw or trace a design in pencil and then make it permanent by burning it in.

Nature
 

Swamp Romp
A Camp Hinds tradition since 1986!  Now you can join our Nature staff for a romp in our swamp. Be prepared to forge through the swampy areas of camp and maybe learn something about aquatic wildlife while you are there.  Shoes required for all participants. Wear footwear and clothing that can get wet and muddy.
Conservation Project
Join our Nature Staff to help camp preserve its greatest resource, Nature. In this project you may work on clearing or moving a trail, creating erosion control, or improving wildlife habitats. 

Nature Hike
Guided by one of our nature staff, hike along one of our nature trails and learn to identify some of the common ground cover, shrubs, and trees of the area.  Keep your eye out for animal signs and your ears open for bird calls.  Choose from among a variety of guided hikes such as:

  • Edible Plants
  • Bird Identification Hike
  • Plant and Tree Identification
  • Wildlife and animal sign Identification
  • Rock and Mineral Identification
Bird Feeder Construction
Birdfeeders are a great way to enjoy wildlife at its best. A couple of strategically placed feeders will allow you to view those pretty birds up close and personal. You don’t necessarily have to go out and buy an expensive birdfeeder though. You can easily make one yourself. You can use some of these materials to make bird feeders: Flowerpots, Teacups, Cookie Cutters, Shadow-Boxes, Glass Bottles, Plastic Cups, Paper Plates, Pinecones, Bowl and Plates, Mason Jars, Logs, Ceramic Saucers, Popsicle Sticks, Toilet Paper Rolls, and Plastic bottles.  The nature staff will supply materials and plans.

Nature Games
Learn a little bit about nature by playing some nature games such as Nature Jeopardy, Nature bingo, Leaf Identification Relay, Stalking Game, Tracking Game, Nature Alphabet Game, Onion walk, Leaf prints, etc.  Troops signing up for Nature Games will get a handout describing the games available.
 

Polaris
 

Leave No Trace Awareness
Leave No Trace is an awareness and an attitude rather than a set of rules. It applies in your backyard or local park as much as in the backcountry. Learn how to practice Leave No Trace in our thinking and actions–wherever we go.
Learn Leave No Trace by sharing the principles and then discovering how they can be applied. Learn how to ask questions like “What can we do to reduce our impact on the environment and on the experiences of other visitors?” Learn how to tailor camping and hiking practices to the environment where the outing will occur. Forest, mountain, seashore, plains, freshwater, and wetland environments all require different minimum impact practices.
Blindfolded Tent Pitching
Every good Scout knows how to pitch a tent.  But, could you do it blindfolded? Try this for some great intra-troop patrol competition.  All Scouts will be blindfolded and have to pitch a tent following the directions of the patrol leader who can see but not help.  Which patrol can get it done the quickest?  Which patrol has the best looking tent ?

Knot Relay
This session will begin with a review of how to tie some basic knots (square, overhand, two half hitches, tautline, bowline, sheet bend, and clove hitch).  The end of the session will be a knot tying relay race of between patrols.


Totin’ Chip
This certification grants a Scout the right to carry and use woods tools. The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility.

Firem’n Chit 
This certification grants a Scout the right to carry matches and build campfires. The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility.
 

Scoutcraft
 

Tomahawk Throwing
Try your hand at learning the skill of tomahawk throwing.  Practice this old time Scouting skill with your troop.
Donuts and Snacks
Bring your dutch oven on your next campout and have fun cooking some great tasting snacks.  Learn to cook and eat donuts and other snacks such as monkey bread, funnel cake, cobblers, dump cakes, pine apple upside down cake, fried dough, and apple pie bites.  Scout will help cook some of these treats and will get to sample the goodies.

Camp Stoves
There are many different kinds of camp stoves: those for use at base camp, those for backpacking, those that use liquid fuel, those that use propane.  Learn about the different types of stoves and how to use them safely.  End by using one to cook a snack.

Matchless Fire Building
Instructor: Demonstrates several methods that can be used to start a fire without a match
Scouts: Select one method and start a fire.   Who can get a sustainable fire going first?  Fuel piled no higher than lower string (9 inches above ground).  Who can burn the top string (16 inches) first?
Advanced Knot-Tying
Going beyond the minimums of First Class Rank, let our Scoutcraft instructors teach expert-level knots such as a Monkey’s Fist, Windsor Knot, or even a bit of showmanship such as the One-Handed Bowline!

Rope Making
Learn how to make rope from bailing twine.  By working together Scouts will make a length of rope with the help of a rope making machine.

Shooting Sports
 

Rifle Shooting – Troop Shoot
Wander up to the Rifle Range and shoot with our knowledgeable and extremely accurate shooting sports staff!

Archery – Troop Shoot
Try your skill at the archery range and see if you can out score your friends!

COPE, Climbing, and Sports
 

Team Building Games
Learn to listen, see things differently, jump into a situation and talk your way out of anything! Don’t miss this chance for some team building super fun activities with your troop.

COPE Preview
Is your troop interested in learning what C.O.P.E is all about?  Your troop will need to work together as a group to complete the challenge of one or more of our new C.O.P.E. low elements.

Troop Climb
Reach new heights with your troop.  Join our staff at the climbing wall and see if this is your new favorite sport.  Each session is limited to 15 participants.  Signup for multiple sessions if you troop is larger than 15.

Team Sports
Divide your troop into two teams or challenge another troop in a game:
  • baseball/softball
  • basketball
  • flag football
  • lacrosse
  • soccer
  • volleyball
  • ultimate Frisbee.
Disc Golf
Experience the thrill of one of the fastest growing sports – Disc Golf!  Disc golf is a game in which a concave plastic disc is thrown into each of a series of metal baskets situated on an outdoor course, the object being to complete the course using the fewest possible throws.

Capture the Flag
Capture the flag is a game in which two teams each hide a colored cloth, representing the team's flag, and then try to find the other team's flag and return with it to their home base. Challenge another troop to a game or play within your troop.!

Gaga Ball
Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! The game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout.Play Gaga Ball in our newly constructed Gaga Ball Pit!
 

Swimming
 

Basic Rescue Skills
Learn and practice reaching rescues using such things as arms, legs, branches, towels, poles and paddles.  Also practice using items that can be thrown such as lines, ring buoys, and free floating supports.

Instructional Swim
Get swimming lessons from our fine staff and improve your strokes such as the side stroke, elementary backstroke, trudgen, crawl, and breast stroke.  Also get help with floating, treading water, or surface diving.

Safe Swim
Receive instruction and practice on running your own troop swim in a primitive setting.  Set up the area, post lifeguards, and run a safe swim without docks, lemon lines, and buddy boards, etc.  Meet at West Beach.

Troop Swim
Get wet and enjoy the water.

Water Games
Play water polo, water basketball, water volleyball, or water tag against another troop.  The specific game you play can be picked when you arrive.

1st & 2nd Class Rank Swim
(7:00pm any day Monday through Thursday)
(No signup required)

Come by West Beach and complete the second and first class swim requirements!
Also read about the new period 1 Polaris Aquatics program - here

Second Class Requirements:

  • 8a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim. 
  • 8b. Demonstrate your ability to jump feet first into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place. 
  • 8c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim. !
First Class Requirement:
  • 9c. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.) 

STEAM Center
 

Mouse Trap Rodeo
In this activity, Scout buddies or a patrol will get to build and perfect their own creation, and then enter it in a race!  You are challenged to create a "mousetrap car" that can be entered into a troop competition. The spring of a mousetrap can store a considerable amount of potential energy when it is pulled back and its tension is increased. When released, this energy can be transformed into the kinetic energy of movement, making the mousetrap the perfect "motor" for your car.
Lego Derby
Each pair of Scouts will be given a set of Lego derby wheels which will run on a standard Pinewood Derby track. Scouts will be given 15-20 minutes to design and build a derby car out of assorted Lego blocks following a set of pre?printed design rules. At the end of the time, all cars will have a race or two. After the race, teams will have the opportunity to re-design their cars. A second set of races will be held. Again teams will have time to re-design their cars.
Golf Ball Catch
Each patrol gets 12 straws, 18 inches of masking tape and a golf ball. The goal is to build a container that will catch a golf ball dropped from about ten feet. Each patrol selects a “ball dropper” who stands on a chair and holds the golf ball at eye level. Each patrol places its container on the floor under where they think the ball will land. Each patrol gets three attempts and the patrol that gets a ball to go into their container and stay wins. 
Toy Hacking Challenge 

In the Toy Hacking Challenge, each patrol is given three or four battery-operated toys. Their task is to take all their toys apart and then using at least a few parts of each toy create a new toy or invention.

How to Use GPS
The compass cannot be replaced, but understanding how to use electronic orienteering devices is an important skill for people who enjoy the wilderness.  A GPS navigation device, GPS receiver, or simply GPS is a device that is capable of receiving information from GPS satellites and then to calculate the device's geographical position. Using suitable software, the device may display the position on a map, and it may offer directions. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) made up of a network of a minimum of 24, but currently 30, satellites placed into orbit,  

Geocache Treasure Hunt
Go on a modern day treasure hunt, on a quest to use a GPS and your know-how to locate a series of caches throughout Camp Hinds until you find the treasure.

Troop Time
 

Troop Time
Take a break in the afternoon and play some board games under the humid weather, work on your troop plaque, play a sport, conduct your own units program - it’s up to you!
Download PDF of
Troop Activity Registration Form



Last Update: January 24, 2019