Where did you go this summer?

Summer is a popular time for big Scouting adventures. From a week at your favorite council camp to working on a rare merit badge to going on an epic trip far from home, units across the country really put the “outing” in Scouting this year.

We recently asked Scouters on social media to share with us their units’ adventures. Below are some of their submissions.

If you’d like to brag a little on your unit on just about anything, let us know and your unit might be featured in a future story. You can also contact Scout Life to share your unit’s future outings, service projects or Scouts making a difference in their communities.

Let’s take a look at some of your fun summer adventures:

Best buddies

Troop 302 of Bethlehem, Pa., went to Camp Minsi, a Minsi Trails Council camp in Pennsylvania. Both first-year and older Scouts enjoyed a week of summer camp there.

Can you bee-lieve it?

Scouts with Troop 191 of West Haven, Utah, checked out beehives as part of earning the Insect Study merit badge. Their favorite part came at the end when they taste-tested several different flavors of honey.

Riding the rapids

Troop 1369 of Occoquan, Va., canoed 60 miles along the James River in Virginia as part of a Lenhok’sin High Adventure trek with Goshen Scout Reservation, a National Capital Area Council property. The Scouts also got to kayak through class III rapids and complete a service project by pulling more than 30 tires out of the river.

Helping end cancer

Scouts and adult leaders with girls Troop 7074 of Clintonville, Ohio, volunteered to assemble swag bags for riders in Pelotonia’s Ride Weekend, an annual fundraiser for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Big trip

Linked Troops 9 of Champaign, Ill., headed north for a weeklong adventure, visiting Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls and the Warsaw Caves in Canada.

A patriotic parade

Pack 679 of Las Vegas, Nev., passed out flags with city officials during a Fourth of July parade.

A day in court

Wade Hatfield of Troop 78 in Spring, Texas, worked on the Law merit badge.

Living history

Scouts with linked Troops 512 of Schertz, Texas, served as living history staff at Lost Pines Scout Reservation, a Capitol Area Council camp in Bastrop, Texas. The log cabin on site is almost 200 years old.

Earning them all

Eagle Scout Zachary Lien from Troop 600 in Bellevue, Wash., finished earning 139 merit badges. After earning Eagle at 16 years old, he continued working on merit badges, finishing Backpacking this August, days before his 18th birthday.

Visiting national parks

Lone Scout Peter Oprisko with the Pathway to Adventure Council earned junior ranger badges at four national parks. Youth can earn these badges by completing a series of activities during a national park visit.


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Michael Freeman, an Eagle Scout, is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.