Effective Sept. 1, 2023, there are two big program changes for Scouting:
Pack Camping is now 2 nights
Cub Scout packs who are conducting their own overnight camping activity may now camp up to two consecutive nights. Cub Scout packs who are conducting their own overnight camping activities must continue to have at least one registered adult leader who is trained in Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO), oversees the planning and is in attendance for the pack campout. This updated policy also applies to Webelos and Arrow of Light dens who may conduct den coordinated campouts. The policy will be updated in the Guide to Safe Scouting and other resources on Sept. 1. An updated version of the BALOO training will also be released at this time. Cub Scout camping is limited to their council’s designated locations with appropriate facilities. The list of local Council Approved locations can be found here: https://tampabayscouting.org/camps/cub-scout-approved-site.
Adults Camping Must Be Registered
Also, all adults staying overnight in connection with a Scouting activity must be currently registered as an adult volunteer or adult program participant. Registration as a merit badge counselor does not satisfy this requirement. There is a limited exception for Cub Scout legal guardians staying overnight with their child/ward.