Camping is one of the best-known methods of the Scouting movement. When he founded the Scouting movement in the early 1900s, Robert Baden-Powell encouraged every Scout to learn the art of living out-of-doors. He believed a young person able to take care of himself while camping would have the confidence to meet life's other challenges, too.

Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth.

  • Camping contributes to good health.
  • Camping helps campers develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.
  • Camping enhances spiritual growth.
  • Camping contributes to social development.
  • Camping is an experience in citizenship training.
  • Camping at the Cub Scout level introduces boys to the knowledge and skills that they will learn and apply more thoroughly as a Boy Scout.
  • Camping at the Boy Scout level is where Scouts put the practical techniques of the patrol method into practice. Troops are encouraged to camp monthly.

The Cherokee Area Council, through its Skymont Scout Reservation, district camporees, Cub Scout Cub and Partner Weekends, and Venturing weekends, provides camping opportunities organized and managed by council and district teams. Scout units are encouraged to camp with properly trained leadership.