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Voyageur Program at Camp Lewallen

The Voyageur Program was started at Camp Lewallen in 1990 to assist the new advancement criteria set out by the Boy Scouts of America. The program is meant to be for first year campers who are 10-12 years of age. The program is designed to have the following objectives:

· Be fun, exciting, and action oriented.

· Provide recognition

· Advancement to First Class

· Work on Swimming Merit Badge

The Voyageur Program is a challenged-based, patrol method program. We are confident your Scouts will enjoy the area. Below is some of the tentative information with a list of requirements that may be covered. A list of what requirements were actually covered at camp will be presented to the troop leader during the check-out on Saturday.

The final outcome of all of this is for the Scout to want to come back to summer camp next year. Come down to the Voyageur Area and check it out. We strongly encourage unit leaders to assist the Voyageur Staff so that a quality and productive program is provided for the Scouts.

Camp Lewallen Voyageur Program

The Voyageur Program actually gets its start on Sunday evening, as the Scouts participating in the program are to assemble at the central flagpoles after dinner. At this meeting the Voyageurs will be divided into Session I and II. It will be based on the Scout’s campsite.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The only way we will change this is if we have too many Voyageurs in one session or we need to even out the numbers of Voyageurs in each session. Our goal is to have no more than 32 Voyageurs in any one session.

Voyageur Program Session I Campsites: Blackfoot, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill

Voyageur Program Session II Campsites: Crow, Apache, Pawnee, Chippewa, Comanche


The Voyageur Program scheduling is as follows:

Session I –

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Swimming Merit Badge or swimming instruction

10:15 a.m.12:00 noon Voyageur group work

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Free swim with troop

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Time to be with troop or schedule a merit badge of Scout’s choice.

Session II –

9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Time to be with troop or schedule a merit badge of Scout’s choice.

11:15 a.m.12:00 noon Swimming Merit Badge or swimming instruction

2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Voyageur group work

4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Free swim with troop

The group work for the Voyageurs will be divided into five periods of instruction.

Period 1: Basic Scout Skills (Monday)

In this session the Voyageurs will learn basic Scout skills such as the proper use of a knife and ax, knot tying, and lashings.

The advancement requirements taught here are: Tenderfoot – 4b, Second Class – 3c, First Class – 7a, 7b

Period 2: First Aid, Rifle and Archery (Tuesday)

This session is meant to give some in-depth training on first aid from the Tenderfoot through First Class.

The advancement requirements taught here are: Tenderfoot – 12a, 12b, Second Class – 7a, 7b, 7c, First Class – 8b, 8c, 8d

Period 3: Nature Walk and Compass (Wednesday)

This session is aimed at taking a nature trail hike that identifies poisonous plants, native plants and trees, and wild animals – birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish. A compass course will be included teaching basic map and compass skills.

The advancement objectives to be taught are: Tenderfoot – 5, 11, Second Class – 1a, 6


Period 4: Lakefront Activities (Thursday)

The activities that the Scouts will participate in are canoeing and rowing. This day is designed for Scouts to enjoy the lake and learn a few skills in boating.


Period 5: Fire Building and Fire Safety (Friday)

The activities will include building basic fires, matchless fire building, making fire starters, fire safety, and fire building competitions.

The advancement requirements taught in this session are: Second Class – 3d, 3e, 3f


Period 6 of the Voyageur Program is swimming instruction. We will offer the Swimmers the Swimming Merit Badge and the Learners and Beginners will receive swimming instruction.

The advancement requirements to be completed at this time are: Second Class – 8, First Class – 9