Outdoor Photography Scout Meeting

An outdoor photography scout meeting can be both educational and fun, combining elements of nature exploration, artistic expression, and technical skill development. You can lead it yourself or bring in an expert from the local photo club or camera store. If you choose to lead yourself here is a structured plan for such a meeting:

  1. Introduction to Outdoor Photography (15 minutes):
    • Start with a brief discussion about the importance of photography in capturing memories and documenting outdoor adventures.
    • Explain the basic principles of photography, including composition, lighting, and perspective.
    • Show examples of stunning outdoor photographs to inspire the scouts.
  2. Camera Basics (20 minutes):
    • If scouts have cameras, provide a tutorial on basic camera functions, including how to adjust settings like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.
    • For scouts using smartphones, discuss useful photography apps and techniques for maximizing their device’s capabilities.
  3. Scavenger Hunt (30 minutes):
    • Create a list of specific items or scenes for the scouts to photograph within a designated area (e.g., types of plants, wildlife, interesting textures).
    • Divide the scouts into teams and provide them with the scavenger hunt list and a time limit.
    • Encourage creativity and experimentation with different angles and perspectives.
  4. Nature Walk (20 minutes):
    • Lead a leisurely walk through a nearby park, nature reserve, or scenic area.
    • Encourage scouts to observe their surroundings closely and capture interesting moments or scenes along the way.
  5. Composition Workshop (15 minutes):
    • Gather the scouts and discuss the importance of composition in photography.
    • Share tips and techniques for composing compelling outdoor shots, such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, and framing.
    • Show examples of well-composed outdoor photographs and analyze what makes them effective.
  6. Group Photo Challenge (20 minutes):
    • Challenge the scouts to work together to create a group photo that showcases their teamwork and camaraderie.
    • Encourage creativity in staging the photo and experimenting with different poses and arrangements.
  7. Review and Feedback (15 minutes):
    • Gather the scouts to review the photos they’ve taken during the meeting.
    • Provide constructive feedback on composition, lighting, and overall creativity.
    • Celebrate the scouts’ successes and encourage them to continue practicing their photography skills.
  8. Closing Remarks (5 minutes):
    • Thank the scouts for their participation and enthusiasm.
    • Encourage them to keep exploring the outdoors with their cameras and to share their photos with the group.


  • If time and resources permit, consider organizing a photography exhibition or slideshow featuring the scouts’ best photos from the meeting.
  • Invite a local photographer or photography enthusiast to share their expertise and insights with the scouts.
  • Provide resources or recommendations for further learning, such as photography books, online tutorials, or local photography clubs.

Remember to prioritize safety during the outdoor activities and to respect the natural environment by practicing Leave No Trace principles. With a well-planned and engaging agenda, an outdoor photography scout meeting can inspire a lifelong appreciation for both nature and photography.

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