Camping Merit Badge

Camping Merit BadgeCamping is one of the best-known methods of the Scouting movement. When he founded the Scouting movement in the early 1900s, Robert Baden-Powell encouraged every Scout to learn the art of living out-of-doors. He believed a young person able to take care of himself while camping would have the confidence to meet life’s other challenges, too.

The Camping merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout

Requirements for the Camping Merit Badge

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Merit Badge Check Off List

I’ve had several requests lately for a newer version of the merit badge check off list, updated with the newest badges. So I’ve redone the list as a Google spreadsheet. This will make it easier to keep updated.

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Backpacking Troop Program Feature

This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Boy Scout troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.

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15-piece survival kit built for hostile environments, Includes Gerber miniature multi-tool for a range of applications, Survival blanket, fire starter, snare wire, fishing and sewing kits, and more, Land to air rescue and SOS instructions, Comes with Bear Grylls' Priorities of Survival pocket guide

Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Kit

Nylon pouch, multi-tool, miniature light, hand saw, signaling mirror, survival blanket, fire starter, waterproof matches, cotton ball fire tinder, snare wire, emergency cord, waxed thread, fishing kit, sewing kit, pocket survival guide, and rescue instructions.

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BSA Methods – The Outdoors

One of the methods for Boy Scouts is “the outdoors”. Being outdoors presents Boy Scouts with challenges and adventures. Boys enjoy the independence of getting away from home and taking care of themselves.

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Toasted Chit Pressurized Fuel Training

Our council has a “Toasted Chit” training for pressurized fuel use. I believe this is a local requirement, but I thought the organization of the material might be helpful to anyone doing pressurized fuel instruction.

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Tent Pitching Contest (Standard or Blindfolded)

Tent pitching contests are an inter-patrol activity staple. To make it a blindfolded tent pitching contest, just add blindfolds. If you want, let one team member keep his vision, but he can only participate by giving verbal instructions to the others. This makes a good communications exercise also.

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Camping Merit Badge

Camping Information Sheet for Camping Merit Badge

I recently spent a week at Swift Base at S bar F Scout Ranch with our Boy Scout troop. Swift is normally a Venturing camp, so when they do a week for Boy Scouts, the only merit badges offered by the staff are Canoeing, Swimming, Lifesaving, Rowing, Water Sports, Small Boat Sailing, Climbing, Horsemanship, Rifle […]

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Camping Merit Badge

Camping Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Our scouts frequently do this badge at summer camp. But they often come home from camp with an incomplete because they haven’t complete requirement 9. They often think they have 20 days and nights of camping when they sign up for the badge, but they don’t realize that those must all be tent camping and […]

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Camping Log for Boy Scouts

Camping is an essential part of the Boy Scout program and Scouts need to keep track of how much camping they have done. There is a space for this in the back of their handbook, but as a Camping merit badge counselor, I know that there are some other aspects of their campouts they need […]

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Requirements and Helps for Boy Scout Merit Badges

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges.

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Camping Packing List

One thing new scouts (and new leaders) often ask the first few times they go camping is “What do I need to bring?” Download a suggested list of personal camping gear.

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Weekend Campout Planning Guide

A weekend campout planning guide will let your Boy Scout troop share the planning responsibilities for monthly camping trips, but will still provide consistency from one campout to the next.

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