Each Scout in the Raven Scouts program learns the basic skills that all Scouts must master for rank advancement, camping, and other outdoor activities. Highlights include camping, first aid, ropework, map and compass work, and nature hiking. While designed primarily for Scouts who are new to the Scouting program and/or attending summer camp for the first time, the program is open to any interested Scouts.
There are two programs available covering advancement requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class: Raven Scouts (morning session), which focuses on Tenderfoot and Second Class, and Senior Raven Scouts (afternoon session), which focuses on First Class.
Unlike the merit badge program, it is impossible to come to camp and, in a week, complete all of the requirements for any rank advancement. However, the Raven Scouts staff will do everything in its power to help each Scout become proficient in as many of the Scouting skills as possible. Each Scout will receive credit for each requirement he completes. Precisely how many requirements each Scout completes is up to him, and it is very possible that two different Scouts will complete different requirements or that some Scouts will complete more than others.
Who Should Sign Up?
Unit leaders should consider each Scout individually when deciding whether he should sign up for this program. While a Second Class Scout may gain valuable skills in the program, he may be better served in the merit badge program. Likewise, a 14- or 15-year-old may be in his first summer at camp, but may be advanced enough to bypass this program in favor of merit badges.
A Scout may only be enrolled in one of the Raven Scouts sessions, not both. Additionally, Scouts enrolled in either one of the Raven Scouts area sessions are not eligible to participate in the Trail to Eagle program or other advanced merit badges.
Leaders are encouraged to work with Raven Scouts participants in the Troop’s campsite. A review there can put into practice the skills the Scouts have learned during the week. Additionally, adult leaders are always needed to assist in the Raven Scouts area. Arrangements should be made through the area director.