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First Year Scouts

Each new scout is excited to start his personal adventure to be an Eagle Scout. Camp Geiger’s first year program offers the scout an exciting opportunity to learn the basic Scouting Skills as he progresses toward his goals by learning. While working as patrols of 6 to 10 boys, the first year scout works on Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class requirements in a fun and exciting manner.

Under the direction of the Outdoor Skills (Scoutcraft) Staff, the first year scout will cook, learn knots, build fires, and many more activities. Through these activities he will develop many of the skills needed to meet the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class scout ranks. Through the First Year program he will be able to complete the swimming requirements.  He will also be introduced to the principals of Leave No Trace camping. While learning he will also explore Camp Geiger, learning some of the history and visiting much of the camp.

Since the scouts work in small patrols, most get the opportunity to be a leader. Learning how to work as a patrol is an important part of this program. Two to three patrols learn and compete under the direction of a Troop Guide (an Outdoor Skills Staff Member). Troop Guides are selected for their Scout Skills, ability to work with young scouts, and ability to promote the Patrol Method.

By the end of their week at Camp, all participants will know that they accomplished something special and more importantly, they are truly a part of the Camp Geiger Family. And they won't go away empty handed; each Scout will receive a memento from their experience that will remind them forever of their first year at Camp Geiger and participation in the First Year program.

Although the young scouts are provided instruction in various scout skills, it is the responsibility of the unit to determine if the requirement has been met. A comprehensive report of the requirements covered is proved to the unit leadership for each participant at the end of the week.

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