US Army Basic Training

Military Scouts of America
Military Scouts Activities

Camping (Bivouac) - Troop bivouacs are designed for training in the field.
Troops will learn how to set up a camp site, pitch a tent, build a fire with two sticks, locate a water source and participate in all camp activities.
There will be two adult counselors for every 10 troops (squad).
Adult volunteers are recruited from parents or guardians of the troop.
Bivouacs will take place in state parks, the national forest or at camp Liberty.

Marching - Troops will march and drill at every troop meet or bivouac.
Every member of the troop will participate in the Honor Guard, Color Guard and Drum and Bugle. Troops will participate in memorial parades and special events.
Troops will learn cadence for marching and for running.

Running - Troops will run no less then 2 miles at every meet and bivouac.
Running builds endurance and strengthens the spirit as well as the body.

Swimming - Troops are required to know how to swim. Troops who cannot swim will need to learn before participating in boating and fishing activities.
Learning to scuba is strictly on a volunteer bases. Troops who learn to scuba will be awarded the Seals special award medal.

Biking - Tones the leg muscles, builds endurance and teaches discipline and focus. Biking will only take place in state parks as a troop and never on a public street unless a part of a marathon race, a charity event or a parade.
Safety gear is required at all times.

Boating - Troops are required to have a working knowledge of boating and boat safety. Training is only with adult supervision and with instructors who have experience in boating. Safety gear is required at all times.

Fishing - Every troop is required to know how to fish. Fishing is a ready food source and is necessary for survival in the field. Troops are required to identify the fish they catch.

Archery - Knowledge of the bow and arrow is crucial for wilderness survival not only for hunting but also for defense. Every scout will know how to shoot a bow and arrow as well as how to make one from material found in the field.

Hiking - Hiking is essential to the troop in the field for recon skills and troop deployment to strategic field positions. Hiking and recon gives the troop experience in exploring and identifying strategic land terrain and how to move through opposing forces line without being detected. Troops will go on hiking expeditions in state parks and the national forest.

Shooting - Troops are required to have a working knowledge of gun safety, rifle identification and how to shoot with accurate efficiency. Troops must at least qualify as a marksman. Troops will be awarded a badge for either marksman (5 / 10 shots), sharpshooter (7 / 10 shots), or expert (9 / 10 shots.

Carving - Carving skills are necessary for wilderness survival. Under strict adult supervision troops will be given a task to carve essential tools and weapons necessary for field survival.

Crafts - Essential for developing skills and creativity in producing useful materials that can aid in wilderness survival. Crafts build self-esteem and helps to perfect hand and eye coordination.

Solar & Fuel Tech - Energy is crucial for survival. Energy is a necessary resource used to power everything from devices to motor vehicles and is used for cooking and heating. Troops will learn the various types of fuel resources and how to utilize them.

Rockets - Troops will learn how to build and launch a working model rocket.
Under strict adult supervision.

Model Airplane - Troops will learn to identify military planes and will be require to build a working model of a military style air craft.

Model Boating - Troops will learn to identify boats and navy ships and will be required to build a working model of a navy ship.

Paintball Maneuvers - Military tactics for engagement is vital for a strong defense. Paintball maneuvers give troops the tactical experience they need to engage an opposing force and be victorious.

Air Balloon Skeet - Marksmanship is the hallmark of every good soldier. Being able to hit a moving target gives troops the skills and confidence they need to engage an opposing force without hesitation.

Repelling - Being able to overcome land barriers and obstacles to deploy troops anywhere in the field is crucial for a successful engagement of an opposing force. Repelling gives troops the skills they need to use a rope and tackle to descend from a high terrain or from a tall building.

Zip Line - A zip line is a quick and easy way to move troops and equipment though an obstacle terrain. Troops will learn how to safely build a zip line and how to safely use the zip line to strategically move through obstacles.

Rock Climbing - Rock climbing gives troops the skills they need to overcome barriers.

Obstacle Course - Troops will run the MSA obstacle course to meet the challenge; Adapt - Improvise - Overcome. Troops will compete for the best time.

Caving - Troops will participate in exploring expeditions of caves

Mineral Mining - Troops will learn to identify important minerals and will go on expeditions to collect those minerals.

Gold Panning - Treasure expeditions and exploring the wilderness is a part of the American spirit and an historic birth right of every American. Natural resources are crucial for the survival of a country and for military operations to defend that country.

Trail Blazing - Troops will learn how to lay a trail and how to follow a trail. Trail blazing is a skill essential for survival in the wilderness not only for hunting game but also for recon and patrol.

Field Trips - Troops will take field trips to museums, military facilities, memorial battlefield parks, memorial events, commemorative events, and any special event or occasion that is military related.

Competition - Troops will compete as individuals and as a team. Competition builds character. It teaches troops to work hard and smart not only as an individual but as a team to achieve a specific goal or purpose. Competition achieves efficiency. It shapes and fine tunes the skills troops have to be the best they can be.

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