Trail to First Class Camp

Scout learning to use a compass

An opportunity for new Scouts to complete many of the requirements for the ranks of Scout through First Class!

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Boulder Creek Scout Reservation (learn more about BCSR)

We’ll learn:
  • Knots
  • Cooking
  • Fire starting
  • Map & compass
  • Plant & animal identification
  • First aid
  • Food safety
  • Knife & axe safety
  • Water safety
  • Swim requirements
  • and more!

Units are required to provide their own food. An excellent time to work on cooking requirements!

We will have sessions that cover most of the skills & knowledge requirements for all the ranks up to and including First Class. Most sessions will be an hour long, and we offer them three times. A few sessions take longer–they are 2 hours long and are offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon.


  • 7:30am Groups arrive
  • 8:30am Flag ceremony
  • 9:00am-12:00pm Training sessions
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch break
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Training session
All training sessions are on Saturday.
We usually do a 5-mile orienteering hike on Sunday morning but that will not be available at this event by our staff. However, your unit is more than welcome to use our excellent hiking trails at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation to complete this.
Overnight Camping

The event will end on Saturday, but registered units may be allowed to camp overnight. See registration page for details and how to sign up to camp.


Every troop is responsible for keeping their Scouts safe. Each Scout and Adult will be required to wear a mask while at camp. There will be hand sanitizer available at each station.


Session instructors are: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, parents, and/or First Class Scouts or higher. Adults must have current Youth Protection Training. We ask for volunteers from each troop attending to have instructors for sessions. When we get the sessions finalized, we will send copies to everyone, so that they can volunteer for a session. It is a great time to get new Scout parents, and ASMs helping Scouts. If the troop has a Scout who will conduct a session, it is the judgement of the Scoutmaster as to whether the Scout is capable. You may want to have 2 Scouts work together, or you may want a Scout and an adult working together. More than one adult can work a session. It can be a great way to get new parents involved in the program.


Each troop does their own cooking.


There is no camp-wide campfire program. In the evening it is a great time for the Scouts to do their own programs. Also, it is a good time for the leaders to review the requirements completed by each Scout.