Camping Merit Badge Requirements and Worksheet

Camping Merit Badge

Camping Merit Badge

January, 2014

Requirements for the Camping merit badge:

  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in camping activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    2. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur while camping, including hypothermia, frostbite, heat reactions, dehydration, altitude sickness, insect stings, tick bites, snakebite, blisters, and hyperventilation.
  2. Learn the Leave No Trace principles and the Outdoor Code and explain what they mean. Write a personal plan for implementing these principles on your next outing.
  3. Make a written plan for an overnight trek and show how to get to your camping spot using a topographical map and compass, or a topographical map and a GPS receiver.
  4. Do the following:
    1. Make a duty roster showing how your patrol is organized for an actual overnight campout. List assignments for each member.
    2. Help a Scout patrol or a Webelos Scout unit in your area prepare for an actual campout, including creating the duty roster, menu planning, equipment needs, general planning, and setting up camp.
  5. Do the following:
    1. Prepare a list of clothing you would need for overnight campouts in both warm and cold weather. Explain the term 'layering'.
    2. Discuss footwear for different kinds of weather and how the right footwear is important for protecting your feet.
    3. Explain the proper care and storage of camping equipment (clothing, footwear, bedding).
    4. List the outdoor essentials necessary for any campout, and explain why each item is needed.
    5. Present yourself to your Scoutmaster with your pack for inspection. Be correctly clothed and equipped for an overnight campout.
  6. Do the following:
    1. Describe the features of four types of tents, when and where they could be used, and how to care for tents. Working with another Scout, pitch a tent.
    2. Discuss the importance of camp sanitation and tell why water treatment is essential. Then demonstrate two ways to treat water.
    3. Describe the factors to be considered in deciding where to pitch your tent.
    4. Tell the difference between internal- and external-frame packs. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.
    5. Discuss the types of sleeping bags and what kind would be suitable for different conditions. Explain the proper care of your sleeping bag and how to keep it dry. Make a comfortable ground bed.
  7. Prepare for an overnight campout with your patrol by doing the following:
    1. Make a checklist of personal and patrol gear that will be needed.
    2. Pack your own gear and your share of the patrol equipment and food for proper carrying. Show that your pack is right for quickly getting what is needed first, and that it has been assembled properly for comfort, weight, balance, size, and neatness.
  8. Do the following:
    1. Explain the safety procedures for:
      1. Using a propane or butane/propane stove
      2. Using a liquid fuel stove
      3. Proper storage of extra fuel
    2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of lightweight cooking stoves.
    3. Prepare a camp menu. Explain how the menu would differ from a menu for a backpacking or float trip. Give recipes and make a food list for your patrol. Plan two breakfasts, three lunches, and two suppers. Discuss how to protect your food against bad weather, animals, and contamination.
    4. Cook at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner for your patrol from the meals you have planned for requirement 8c. At least one of those meals must be a trail meal requiring the use of a lightweight stove
  9. Show experience in camping by doing the following:
    1. Camp a total of at least 20 nights at designated Scouting activities or events.* One long-term camping experience of up to six consecutive nights may be applied toward this requirement. Sleep each night under the sky or in a tent you have pitched. If the camp provides a tent that has already been pitched, you need not pitch your own tent.
      * All campouts since becoming a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout may count toward this requirement.
    2. On any of these camping experiences, you must do TWO of the following, only with proper preparation and under qualified supervision:
      1. Hike up a mountain, gaining at least 1,000 vertical feet.
      2. Backpack, snowshoe, or cross-country ski for at least four miles.
      3. Take a bike trip of at least 15 miles or at least four hours.
      4. Take a non-motorized trip on the water of at least four hours or 5 miles.
      5. Plan and carry out an overnight snow camping experience.
      6. Rappel down a rappel route of 30 feet or more.
    3. Perform a conservation project approved by the landowner or land managing agency.
  10. Discuss how the things you did to earn this badge have taught you about personal health and safety, survival, public health, conservation, and good citizenship. In your discussion, tell how Scout spirit and the Scout Oath and Law apply to camping and outdoor ethics.

Camping Worksheet

 Feb 12, 2012 - Scoutmaster Mike
The is a merit badge that should be started right away!! Happy Scouting..
Mar 13, 2014 - karen melby teerlink
9a is ambiguous.   In the notes  
it says "All" camps count.  In the body of the text it says you can apply on week long scout camp.  
I feel that statement contradicts the other.
So my specific question is:
Can you use a organized week long scout camp in one year and then in the following year, also?
thanks Karen

Mar 13, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Karen - The answer to your question is "No".
The note is there to emphasize that camping done before the scout got his blue card should still be counted.
Apr 01, 2014 - Gerardo Guerrero
Every time we go camping to work on the cooking, hiking, etc. merit badges, do these camp trips count for the camping merit badge ???
Apr 01, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Gerardo - Yes, as long as they match the 9a requirement.
Apr 03, 2014 - Tracey
So if you have been to three week long scout camps you can only count 6 days?  You are still camping each of those times.  Shouldn't they count for a few days?
Apr 03, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Tracey - That is correct.  Only one of the long-term camps can count for up to 6 nights.  The rest are not counted.
Apr 13, 2014 - mike
A Scout had been inactive for the last few years and has a week or so before turning 18 looking to get his camping merit badge and thus his Eagle badge.  He lacks quite a number of the camping nights.  One of the committee members is looking to push through "camping nights" at home in his living room to satisfy his retirements, bypassing the traditional camping merit badge counselor.  We are most upset that this is an inactive scout who is being allowed to set aside the requirements for this badge.   Any ideas on what should be done? Call the district?  Two of us are sadly looking to step down as committee members due to this type of behavior.  Other scouts then suffer.  What to do?  
Apr 13, 2014 - Yukon Jack
@ Mike. WOW, that is a flagrant violation of the requirements, rules, and spirit of scouting. Bottom line, it sounds like this scout won't get Eagle...and shouldn't.

Your best recourse is to solve the issue in house. If only one committee member is trying this, then simply overrule him. Has this scout done his Eagle project? Something like this has to pass muster at the district/council level and if you have to, simply inform the District Advancement Committee of how the Camping MB was "earned" and they will stop the Eagle Application right there. If you can't make the one adult see how they're blatantly cheating, then go above their head to district/council where there WILL be scouters who will protect the integrity of the Eagle Rank.
Apr 13, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@mike - That situation sounds terrible to me.  A merit badge MUST be signed off by an authorized merit badge counselor, approved by the council.
If I were you, I would quickly let the Scoutmaster know about the rumor I had heard to find out what the actual situation is from his (or her) viewpoint.  If he confirms what was described, then I would ask him how he planned to prevent it from happening.  If he is supporting it, I would ask him for the name of the merit badge counselor and let him know I am contacting the district advancement chair.

After informing the scoutmaster and district advancement chair of the situation, that would be the end of my involvement.  It's the counselor's responsibility to uphold the requirements.  It's the advancement chair's responsibility to ensure counselors are fulfilling their role.

Maybe some other readers would have other suggestions?

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