Spike Buck “First Year Camper” Program
Each Scout in the Spike Buck Program learns the basic skills that all Scouts must master to become proficient in camping and outdoor activities. There are two programs available covering those skills that are required for advancement to the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. While designed primarily for Scouts who are new to the Scouting program, and generally those coming to summer camp for the first time, it is not limited to those Scouts.
The Spike Buck staff will attempt to help Scouts master the basic skills for camping, first aid, rope work, map and compass work, and nature hiking.
Rank requirments covered
Scout: 1a-1f, 2a-2d, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5
Tenderfoot: 1c, 3a – 3d, 4a – 4d, 5a – 5c, 7a, 7b, 8
Second Class: 1b, 2a – 2c, 2f, 2g, 3a – 3d, 4, 6a – 6e, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
First Class:1b, 3a – 3d, 4a, 5a – 5d, 6b, 7a – 7d, 7f
Unlike the merit badge program, it is impossible to come to camp and, in a week, complete all of the requirements for First Class. The Camp Sidney Dew 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 those requirements he has completed toward the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. How much each Scout completes is up to him or her, and it is very possible for two different Scouts will complete different requirements, and that some 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. Leaders are encouraged to work with Spike Buck participants in the Troop's campsite. A review here can put into practice the skills the Scouts have learned during the week.
Keep in mind that Scouts enrolled in any Spike Buck sessions are not eligible to participate in Life Scouting or other select merit badges.
What to Bring to Spike Buck?
In addition to regular items to bring to camp, Scouts in the Spike Buck Program should bring the following items:
Pencil & Paper