Camping Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Camping Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Camping Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Camping Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Camping Merit Badge Workbook
Camping Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Camping Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. Your camping log sheet or Scout Handbook with camping nights logged in and signed off

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Do the following:

a. 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

b. Discuss with your counselor why it is important to be aware of weather conditions before and during your camping activities. Tell how you can prepare should the weather turn bad during your campouts.

c. 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.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.


2. Learn the Leave No Trace principles and the Outdoor Code and explain what they mean. Write a personal and group plan for implementing these principles on your next outing.

Scouts are highly encouraged to work on this requirement prior to the class. While time will be allotted in the class to covering the principles of Leave No Trace and the Outdoor Code, it will be structured more as a review of these principles rather than an introduction. Scouts will likely find it easier to prepare their personal plan ahead of time (or at least get a start on it). Time will available during the class to refine or finish your personal plan, however those Scouts not coming to the class with preparation work in the way of at least having started formulating their personal plan will find it nearly impossible to finish this requirement on the day of the class.


3. Make a written plan for an overnight trek and show how to get to your camping spot by using a topographical map and one of the following:

a. A compass

b. A GPS receiver**

c. A smartphone with a GPS app (if a GPS-equipped device is not available, explain how to use one to get to your camping spot.)

This requirement will be covered in the class however Scouts are encouraged to read the sections in the merit badge pamphlet that relate to this requirement prior to the class.


4. Do the following:

a. Make a duty roster showing how your patrol is organized for an actual overnight campout. List assignments for each member.

b. 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.

In order to receive credit for this requirement on the day of the class it is strongly recommended that Scouts use a Merit Badge Workbook to document their work and show sign-off by adults or leaders that they have completed components of this requirement. Utilizing the workbook will help aid the Counselor in assessing your completion of this requirement. Remember that just because YOU think you have completed a requirement, ultimately the Counselor determines whether you have completed a requirement to their satisfaction and interpretation of the requirement. The more prepared you are with proof of completion, the more likely you will be signed off when meeting with the Counselor.


5. Do the following:

a. Prepare a list of clothing you would need for overnight campouts in both warm and cold weather. Explain the term "layering."

b. Discuss footwear for different kinds of weather and how the right footwear is important for protecting your feet.

c. Explain the proper care and storage of camping equipment (clothing, footwear, bedding).

d. List the outdoor essentials necessary for any campout, and explain why each item is needed.

e. Present yourself to your Scoutmaster with your pack for inspection. Be correctly clothed and equipped for an overnight campout.

While most of these components will be discussed and reviewed as part of the class, the one component that cannot be completed is Requirement 5e. Scouts wishing to be considered for completion of this requirement will not only need to actively participate in the class when covering this requirement but will also need to bring a signed note, signed Scoutmaster Bucky Camping Merit Badge Workbook in the 5E section, or some other signed document from the Scoutmaster showing that you have completed satisfactorily this 5e component of the requirement.


6. Do the following:

a. 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.

b. Discuss the importance of camp sanitation and tell why water treatment is essential. Then demonstrate two ways to treat water.

c. Describe the factors to be considered in deciding where to pitch your tent.

d. Tell the difference between internal- and external-frame packs. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

e. 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.

Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor that some thought and research has gone into this requirement and Scouts should be prepared to discuss, describe, tell, and/or explain their findings. Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must discuss, describe, tell, and/or explain a number of items and will be required to partake in group and/or individual discussion to obtain credit.


7. Prepare for an overnight campout with your patrol by doing the following:

a. Make a checklist of personal and patrol gear that will be needed.

b. 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.

This requirement will most easily be completed by Scouts who have done Patrol/Troop camping in the past and have been a part of the planning. Whether the Scout has this camping experience or not, all Scouts will need to make the checklist as a part of this requirement. It is recommended to use the Scoutmaster Bucky Camping Merit Badge Workbook to assist with this requirement.


Scouts wishing to receive credit for this requirement will also have to complete requirement 7b which can be accomplished one of two ways. A Scoutmaster or other adult leader (with title shown) from the troop may provide a note and signature stating that this requirement has been fulfilled, or the Scout may bring their camping pack with them to class for review. Realizing that perishable items may not be appropriate for this, Scouts should accommodate for this space when presenting their camping pack. BE PREPARED.


8. Do the following:

a. 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

b. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of lightweight cooking stoves.

For components 8a and 8b Scouts should come prepared with formulated notes to assist them in the classroom portion for these two components. Scouts will be required to actively partake in the discussions and demonstration that are presented as a part of the class by sharing their knowledge and findings in preparation for the class and this requirement.


c. 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.

There are many items to this component and the Scout will need some preparation work in order to complete this component. It is recommended to use the Scoutmaster Bucky Camping Merit Badge Workbook which contains a camp menu planning section, to complete the first item of this component. If the Scout's Troop has its own Camp Menu planning sheet, Scouts should use their own troops for this component.


Scouts may consider making notes as to how the menu might differ for a backpacking versus a float trip to aid them in their explanation they will provide as a part of the class with the Counselor.


Scouts are encouraged to bring 12 copies of their single favorite camping recipe (this is so they can exchange and share these with the other Scouts in the class) all Scouts should then leave with a nice collection of camping recipe items (make sure you credit the appropriate recipe maker as well as your troop on the recipe card). Scouts can use the section in the Scoutmaster Bucky Camping Merit Badge Workbook to document their food list for this recipe. Make sure to specify in your food list how many Scouts this food list will accommodate for.


Scouts can once again utilize the Scoutmaster Bucky Camping Merit Badge Workbook to assist with documenting their meal planning. Scouts should bring their completed 7 meal plans (two breakfast, three lunches, and two suppers) to class for review by the Counselor. A very small portion of time will be allotted during the class for Scouts to work on this requirement so it is strongly recommended that any preparation work that can be done will help increase the success rate of completion for this part of the requirement.


Finally, Scouts cannot overlook the last part of this component and should make notes of their research and findings on food protection to use in the class discussion. Active participation is required in this discussion in order to receive full credit for this component of the requirement. A.


d. While camping in the outdoors, 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.

Scouts will NOT cover this component in the class, however Scouts may choose to obtain a note from their Scoutmaster or other adult leader if they have done this on a Troop or Patrol camping adventure. The Counselor WILL review this component with the Scouts as a part of the class. Please note that the note from your Scoutmaster or other adult leader does not guarantee completion. Remember that completion of any merit badge requirement or component thereof is at the satisfaction and discretion of the merit badge Counselor.


9. Show experience in camping by doing the following:

a. 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.

Scouts need to bring either their camping log or a note from their Scoutmaster or adult leader validating their completion of this requirement. Only those who can show documentation of their camping experience will be considered for sign off on this component of the requirement.


b. 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 4 miles.

3. Take a bike trip of at least 15 miles or at least four hours.

4. Take a nonmotorized 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.

This requirement will NOT be completed as a part of this class. Scouts are encouraged to bring a note from their Scoutmaster or other adult leader stating whether they have completed this component of the requirement or not on any troop outings for consideration by the counselor for completion.


c. Perform a conservation project approved by the landowner or land managing agency. This can be done alone or with others.

Component 9c is NOT planned to be covered in the class. HOWEVER, Scouts who can bring documented proof of performing a conservation project that was approved by the landowner or land managing agency will have an opportunity to share their experience with the counselor and potentially be signed off If the work meets the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor, (saying you did it is not enough, you need to bring proof), most counselors will sign off on the requirement. Scouts not bringing supporting proof of this project will not be considered for sign off on this requirement.


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 Scout Law apply to camping and outdoor ethics.

This requirement will be covered as a part of the class and only those who have completed all necessary other requirements will have the possibility of being signed off on this requirement.

this page last reviewed / updated: March 2020