Outdoor Adventure helps youth experience the fun and excitement of the outdoors as they progress from day hikes to overnight camping trips to extended backpacking expeditions. The projects feature experiences related to food, shelter, “Leave No Trace” ethics, safety, navigating, equipment and camp management. Youth and adults can learn to preserve and appreciate the out-of-doors as they experience Montana’s abundant natural resources. This is a great club project for a group of youth and adults who want to learn more about teamwork and responsibility as they plan their adventures.
Outdoor Adventures, Level 1
Youth will learn about shelter selection, “Leave No Trace” camping skills, outdoor cooking, environmental awareness and appreciation.
Complete at least six activities each year. It is recommended that you complete two activities in Chapter 1 before heading out on your first short 1-2 hour day hike; two activities in Chapter 2 before a half-day hike; and two activities including the Leave No Trace Activity in Chapter 3 and 4 before a full-day hike. Each level may take up to three years to complete.
M Hiking Trails, BU8043
Outdoor Adventures, Level 2
In Level 2, youth will experience planning and taking a day-long hiking trip in a more remote area. Youth will also learn about proper clothing needs, what to pack in a daypack, how to read topographic maps and new orienteering skills.
Complete at least six activities each year. Do at least 10 of the Camping Adventures activities and 10 Reach the Peak activities to complete this project. Each level may take up to three years to complete.
M Camping Adventures, BU8044
Outdoor Adventures, Level 3
Level 3 focuses on being on the trail overnight. Youth will consider clothing needs and learn how to set up tents and use backcountry stoves safely. They will also learn about basic nutritional needs, menu planning, personal hygiene and basic first aid.
Complete at least six activities each year. Before backpacking, complete at least two activities in Chapter 1, including Gathering Group Gear, complete Food for Thought in Chapter 2; complete the Leave No Trace in Your Place activity in Chapter 3; and complete all the activities in Chapter 4. Complete at least 20 of the Backpacking Expeditions and Reach the Peak activities within three years to complete this project.