To keep their program going when the weather is bad, some units organize outings in the city. Overnights in museums, park gazebos, rock climbing gyms, and fitness centers are possible; and, if they are lucky, the boys might even sleep in decommissioned battleships or submarines in some areas. And while all of these are great Scouting experiences, they do not always deliver the adventure of Scouting that is described in the Scout Handbook. Real Scouts spent at least part of every year dealing with real winter weather.
Skiing is not easy and many Scouts struggle at first. But with some lessons, equipment, and patient Scout Leaders, skiing is nothing but white fun. In fact, thousands of boys have learned to ski on a Scout outing. Bear Valley is a top destination because it has a special program for Scouts. Read about our skiing adventure.
If you put a boy in front of a big rock he will try to climb up the side. It doesn’t matter if it’s at the Rock City near Mt. Diablo, Balconies in Pinnacles, Half Dome in Yosemite, or even a boulder next to the parking lot. Boys like to climb. Scouting understands this impulse and offers the Climbing merit badge to put some structure around this natural activity.