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Rugged Explorers

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In Rugged Explorers, your adventure will start the moment you set foot on Catalina Island. Orientation and team-building activities begin your week as you and your fellow Explorers divide yourselves into boat crews. You will pour over maps and find your location and plan out the week's activities. Your adventures will range from practicing advanced route-finding techniques as you lead your crew to one of the highest peaks on Catalina Island, to flying down hill on our mountain bikes. You will kayak and you will cook. You will sleep under the stars. You will be rewarded with close friends and breathtaking scenery. You will explore your limits, and leadership's limitless possibilities. At some point you will find yourself leader of the day. You will be assisted by our veteran staff to make decisions based on the Scout Oath and Law, whether that means putting together the logistics for your overnight war canoe trip to a deserted beach. Your ability to lead your peers will be honed using our groundbreaking ethical-decision making curriculum to accomplish the week's activities.

Rugged Explorers

Given the rugged nature of the Explorers program, it is important that all participants arrive in good physical condition.  Your week on Catalina will be full of activities that are likely to tire even the strongest participant at some point.  Be sure to prepare appropriately. There are many important personal items you must bring. Please be sure to pay attention to the required and recommended items in the "What to Bring" section of this website.


Rugged Explorers is a physical and mental challenge designed for older Scouts. Participants will need to be able to hike, bicycle, kayak, and canoe for several hours at a time. It is likely that everyone will struggle at some point during their week, and often those who struggle the most gain the most from their experience. That being said, a moderate level of fitness is required of anyone wishing to participate in Rugged Explorers.

Age Requirement

Participants in Rugged Explorers must be 14 years old by September 1st of the year they wish to participate.

What To Bring


Completed forms (see page 8)
Sack Lunch (First Day)
Mess Kit*
Sleeping Bag
Duffel Bag- With name, Troop #, and Program (e.g., “Joe Scout, Troop 123, Rugged Explorers)
Dry Bag (Cover to keep a sleeping bag from being wet)
Scout Uniform (Field)
Required for travel and evening meals
Hat or Visor*
T-Shirts (min. 3)*
Shorts (min. 2)
Swim Suit and Towel
Hiking Shoes and Socks
Tennis Shoes
Water Shoes/Old Tennis Shoes
Socks (min. 4 pair)
Undergarments (min. 6 pair)
Toothpaste and Toothbrush*
Soap and Shampoo*
Medication (if needed)
Bath Towels/Washcloth
Emergency Toilet Paper
Shaving Gear
First Aid Kit—All troops should bring First Aid Kits
Comb/Small Mirror
Flashlight Batteries*
Scout Knife*
Water Bottle*
Mask, Snorkel, Fins (rentals available)
Fishing Tackle (camp does not provide)
Spending Money—$75-85 recommended
* Can be purchased from the Ship’s Store