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Camping - In-Person Class Notes

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

Your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending this merit badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure 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. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Camping merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Camping - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com 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 online 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 American Business 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. 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 for taking notes to help you prepare.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Camping Merit Badge
2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

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.

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.

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:

To complete this requirement, you may use the Scout Planning Worksheet.

(a)

A compass

(b)

A GPS receiver

If a GPS-equipped device is not available, explain how to use one to get to your camping spot.

(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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

(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.

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.

(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.

(c)

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

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.