First Year Scout Skills

Calling all new Scouts; this weekend is just for you!

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides the new Scouts BSA youth with the basic Scout skills needed to begin their path to Scouting advancement. Our goal is for Scouts to have fun and learn simultaneously!

Scouts will complete different adventures throughout the day and will be instructed in basic Scouting skills including knife, axe & saw, knots & pioneering, orienteering, nature, first aid, citizenship, and more. Any youth that has not participated in a first-year summer camp program should attend First Year Scout Skills. Many of these skills will meet the requirements for Tenderfoot through First Class ranks.

Are you a Scout First Class and above and would like to volunteer for the weekend? You'll receive meals for the weekend, camping nights, and volunteer hours. Submit your application today!

Upcoming Sessions

When: August 23 – 25, 2024
Where: Woodruff Scout Camp
Cost: $80 per Scout $20 per Scouter


No refunds after August 9

All meals and materials are included for the weekend. All youth participants will receive a t-shirt and patch to commemorate their participation in the weekend. We look forward to seeing you at First Year Scout Skills!

We encourage troops to send adults to actively work with their Scouts during the weekend. This includes observation, assistance with safety, discipline, and active participation. This is an excellent opportunity for adult leaders to forge a bond with their new Scouts that will last throughout the Scouts’ career and life.

Housing/Tent Areas
We will be camping in assigned camp areas. We recommend that Scouts bring the appropriate camping gear. Everyone will need to bring their own tent or hammock.

All meals will be provided. Please bring a mess kit, re-useable water bottle and hot beverage cup. If you have any dietary restrictions, please ensure that it is on your registration.  We will make every effort to accommodate your dietary restriction. To ensure we can accommodate requests, dietary requirements must be submitted by no later than August 16, 2024.

What to Bring
REFERENCE: Scouts BSA Handbook, chapter 9, Camping

  • Overnight gear, outdoor essentials, and appropriate clothing are the heart of camping equipment. Carry a light load of only what you need to keep yourself safe and make a good camp; leave all unnecessary items at home.
  • Use lightweight backpacking tents for two only - no wall or large recreation types.


Cancellation and refund policy

Final payments and attendance numbers are due by: August 9th

No subtractions to registration numbers after this deadline.

Refund policy is as follows

  • 100% refund: When cancellation is made 14 days prior to event
  • No refund/refund at council discretion: When cancellation is made within 13 days of event.

All cancellations or requests for refund must be submitted via email to

Cancellations and refund requests cannot be accepted over the phone.

File Name Description
2023 First Year Scout Skills Guidebook Download
2024 First Year Scout Skills Flyer Download