Afternoon Troop Activities
Make the most of your afternoons at camp this year with our new 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.  Most activities are 45 minute sessions but some are longer. It is our hope that each troop will try to 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.
  • 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.
  • We will try to accommodate your requests however we may have to move one of your selections to another period or have to cancel an activity due to weather or staff limitations
  • 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: Registration for afternoon activities should be done online at registration or log back in at a later date  ( Many sessions have restricted sizes or certain days of operation so preference will be given to those who register online prior to camp, all others will be put into the system Sunday afternoon following check-in.

Afternoon Troop Activity Selections

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


Tenny River Run (3 Periods)
Grab a canoe or kayak 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 (1 Period)
Enjoy a little time on the water in a rowboat, canoe or kayak.


CPR Practical (1 Period offered Periods 4-6)
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.
Camp Improvement Project (1 Period)  See Camp Ranger
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 (1 Period)  See Camp Ranger
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.

COPE & Climbing

Team Building Games (1 Period offered Period 4-6)
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 (1 Period)  See Program Director
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 (2 Periods)  See Program Director
Reach new heights with your troop.  Join our staff at the climbing wall and see if this is your new favorite sport. 


Survival Bracelets (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
“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 (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
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 (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
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 (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
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.


Swamp Romp (1 Period, offered Period 4 and evenings upon request)
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 (1 Period)  See Camp Ranger
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 (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
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.

Nature Scavenger Hunt (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
Compete in a nature scavenger hunt pitting patrols against each other.  Which patrol can find the most items on the list.  As well as the list, each patrol will be given resources to help them identify what they find.


Rattle Snake Mountain Hike (3 periods, begins Period 4)
Meet at Polaris for a brief introduction.  Maps of the trails will be provided.  Your unit will be expected to provide the proper two-deep leadership and take the afternoon and enjoy the wonderful views up Rattlesnake Mountain.

Blindfolded Tent Pitching (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
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 (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
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.


Tomahawk Throwing  (1 Period, offered Period 4-6)
Try your hand at learning the skill of tomahawk throwing.  Practice this old time Scouting skill with your troop.

How to Use GPS (1 Period, offered Period 4-6)
The compass cannot be replaced, but understanding how to use electronic orienteering devices is an important skill for people who enjoy the wilderness. 

Geocache Course (2 hrs, offered evenings)
Go on a modern treasure hunt, on a quest to use a GPS and your know-how to locate a series of caches throughout Camp Hinds.

Cooking Demonstration (1 Period, offered Periods 4 & 5)
Would you like to learn some new cooking techniques and recipes?  Then this is for your troop.  Our staff will be prepared to show you new ideas in dutch ovens, utensiless cooking, hobo stoves, charcoal and more.

Totin’ Chip & Firem’n Chit
Monday or Tuesday, Period 6 (4:05pm-4:50pm)
(No signup Required)

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.

Shooting Sports

Rifle Shooting – Troop Shoot (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
Wander up to the Rifle Range and shoot with our knowledgeable and extremely accurate shooting sports staff!

Archery – Troop Shoot (1 Period, offered Periods 4-6)
Try your skill at the archery range and see if you can out score your friends!


Team Sports
Divide your troop into two teams or challenge another troop in a game of baseball/softball, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, or ultimate Frisbee.

Fitness Relay
Place paper bag with cards at start line for each patrol.
Patrols line up single file. On 'Go' signal, patrol leader picks card from bag, reads it and does that task out around the cone and back to tag the next scout.  A scout can not choose a card until he has been tagged. First patrol to get through all tasks wins.


Basic Rescue Skills  (1 Period, offered Period 4-6)
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 (1 Period)
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 (1 Period, offered Period 4-6)
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 (1 Period, offered Period 4-6)
Get wet and enjoy the water.

Water Games (1 Period, offered Period 4-6)
Play water polo, water basketball, water volleyball, or water tag against another troop.  The specific game you play can be picked when you arrive.

Rank Swim Tutorial
Monday or Tuesday, Periods 4-5 (2:15pm-3:55pm)
(No signup required)

Come by West Beach and complete the second & first class swim requirements.
Second Class:

  • 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:
  • 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.) 


Bottle Rockets (3 periods, offered Period 4-6)
This activity involves Scouts working with a buddy or his patrol to design and construct a water powered bottle rocket designing by adding a nose cone, fins, and weights to two 2-liter soda bottles.  The rocket to achieve the greatest time in the air wins!  Troops need to bring 2 empty two-liter soda bottles for each team participating in this event.

Spaghetti Bridges (3 periods, offered Period 4-6)
Civil engineers design structures such as buildings, dams, highways and bridges. Scout teams or patrols explore the field of engineering by making bridges using spaghetti as their primary building material. Then they test their bridges to see how much weight they can carry before breaking.

Mouse Trap Rodeo (3 periods, offered Period 4-6)
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. 

Troop Time

Troop Time (1 Period)
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!
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Last Update: March 2, 2016