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Mountain Man - First Year Camper Program

The Mountain Man Program is designed for those Scouts who have either just crossed over from Webelos or have limited camping experience. As new rank requirements are adopted, the Mountain Man Program is constantly under review and revision to meet those requirements. In addition, feedback from Scoutmasters and other Scout leaders is utilized to retain those portions of the program that have proven to be effective and change those areas in need of improvement. Basic Scout skills for the inexperienced Scout form the basis of the program. The program focuses on obtaining Tenderfoot through First Class rank advancement requirements. 
Mountain Man is a two-hour program held every morning all week. There are two sessions every day. The remainder of the day, scouts can work on merit badges that may interest them, or participate in troop activity periods.
Scouts are instructed in the following skill areas: woods tools, meal preparation and cooking, pioneering, knots, orienteering, nature, first aid, and outdoor citizenship. Additional skills are also offered focusing on Tenderfoot through First Class advancement requirements. In addition, scouts can participate in a five mile hike, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.

Mountain Main Equipment Needs

  • Scout Handbook
  • Notebook
  • Water Bottle
  • Compass (if you have one)
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Pocketknife
  • Day Pack
  • Rain Gear
  • Snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Personal items such as a first aid kit or insect repellant

Mountain Man T-Shirt and Patches

All Mountain Main participants will receive a “Mountain Man” t-shirt and a special patch to commemorate their week at camp. This t-shirt and patch are given out to those Scouts completing the program during Mountain Man Graduation on Friday.

Mountain Man Adult Leader Participation

Since the Scouts participating in the Mountain Man Program are new and inexperienced, it is required that each unit assign one or more adults to actively work with their Scouts in this program.  This includes observation, assistance with safety, discipline and active participation in the five-mile hike and orienteering course.  This is an excellent opportunity for adult leaders to become acquainted with their new Scouts and forge a bond with them that will last throughout the Scouts’ career and life.

2018 Requirements Covered

The following is a list of BSA Advancement Requirements that will be covered in most Mountain Man session throughout the 2018 Summer Camp season. Actual requirement completion may vary based on  weather and other factors.

  • Scout
    • 4a, 4b – Knots
    • 5 – Pocketknife
  • Tenderfoot
    • 2a, 2b, 2c – Cooking
    • 3a, 3b, 3c –Knots
    • 3d – Knife, saw and axe
    • 4a, 4c – First Aid and prevention
    • 4b – Poisonous plants
    • 5a, 5b, 5c – Hiking
    • 7a – Citizenship
    • 8 – EDGE method
  • Second Class
    • 1b – Leave No Trace
    • 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d – Cooking and Fire
    • 2f, 2g - Knots
    • 3a, 3c, 3d – Compass
    • 4 - Nature
    • 6 - First aid
    • 8a, 8b - Citizenship
  • First Class
    • 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d – Knots and lashing
    • 5a – Nature
    • 5b, 5c, 5d – Weather
  • Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit

Covered in the optional evening hike:

  • Second Class – 3b – 5 mile hike

Covered during swim check on Sunday:

  • Second Class – 5b - swimming
  • First Class - 6a - swimming

Covered during Swimming Merit Badge (if the Scout chooses to take merit badge):

  • Second Class – 5a, 5c, 5d - swimming
  • First Class – 6e - Swimming

Covered on your own, using the orienteering course (open to any Scout):

  • First Class – 4a – 1 mile orienteering course

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Blairsville, GA 30512
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