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Camping Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Camping Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Camping merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

https://scoutmasterbucky.com/merit-badges/camping/

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1 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.
Most likely hazards
Anticipate hazards
Prevent hazards
Mitigate hazards
Respond to hazards
Requirement 1 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.
Why it is important to be aware of weather conditions
How you can prepare should the weather turn bad
Requirement 1 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.
Hypothermia
Frostbite
Heat reactions
Dehydration
Altitude sickness
Insect stings
Tick bites
Snakebite
Blisters
Hyperventilation
Requirement 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.
Explain what they mean
Personal plan for implementing these principles
Group plan for implementing these principles

Requirement 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:

Written plan for an overnight trek
How to get to your camping spot by using a topographical map an one of the following:
a. A compass

b. A GPS receiver**

c. A smartphone with a GPS app*

* To complete this requirement, you may use the Scout Planning Worksheet at http://troopleader.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/512-505_16_Wksht_WEB.pdf.

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

Requirement 4: Do the following:
Requirement 4 a: Make a duty roster showing how your patrol is organized for an actual overnight campout. List assignments for each member.
Requirement 4 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.
Completed
Requirement 5: Do the following:
Requirement 5 a: Prepare a list of clothing you would need for overnight campouts in both warm and cold weather. Explain the term “layering.”
Warm weather
Cold weather
Explain the term "layering"
Requirement 5 b: Discuss footwear for different kinds of weather and how the right footwear is important for protecting your feet.
Footwear for different kinds of weather
How the right footwear is important for protecting your feet
Requirement 5 c: Explain the proper care and storage of camping equipment (clothing, footwear, bedding).
Requirement 5 d: List the outdoor essentials necessary for any campout, and explain why each item is needed.
Requirement 5 e: Present yourself to your Scoutmaster with your pack for inspection. Be correctly clothed and equipped for an overnight campout.
Completed
Requirement 6: Do the following:
Requirement 6 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.
Type of tent
When and where found
How to care for tent
Pitched a tent with another Scout
Requirement 6 b: Discuss the importance of camp sanitation and tell why water treatment is essential. Then demonstrate two ways to treat water.
Importance of camp sanitation
Why water treatment is essential
Demonstrated first way to treat water
Demonstrated second way to treat water
Requirement 6 c: Describe the factors to be considered in deciding where to pitch your tent.
Requirement 6 d: Tell the difference between internal- and external-frame packs. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Differences
Advantages and disadvantages
Requirement 6 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.
Types of sleeping bags
What kind would be suitable for different conditions
Proper car for your sleeping bag
How to keep it dry
Make a comfortable ground bed
Requirement 7: Prepare for an overnight campout with your patrol by doing the following:
Requirement 7 a: Make a checklist of personal and patrol gear that will be needed.
Completed
Requirement 7 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.
Packed your own gear
Packed your share of patrol equipment
Showed that your pack is right for quickly getting what is needed first
Pack has been assembled properly for comfort, weight, balance, size, and neatness
Requirement 8: Do the following:
Requirement 8 a: Explain the safety procedures for
Requirement 8 a 1: Using a propane or butane/propane stove
Requirement 8 a 2: Using a liquid fuel stove
Requirement 8 a 3: Proper storage of extra fuel
Requirement 8 b: Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of lightweight cooking stoves.
Requirement 8 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.
Breakfast #1
Recipes
Food list
Breakfast #2
Recipes
Food list
Lunch #1
Recipes
Food list
Lunch #2
Recipes
Food list
Lunch #3
Recipes
Food list
Supper #1
Recipes
Food list
Supper #2
Recipes
Food list
How the menu would differ from a menu for a backpacking or float trip
How to protect your food against bad weather
How to protect your food against animals
How to protect your food against contamination
Requirement 8 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.
Cooked one breakfast
Cooked one lunch
Cooked one dinner
One meal was a trail meal requiring the use of a lightweight stove
Requirement 9: Show experience in camping by doing the following:
Requirement 9 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.
Camping log - dates and shelter type, if any
Requirement 9 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.
Requirement 9 c: Perform a conservation project approved by the landowner or land managing agency. This can be done alone or with others.
Landowner or Land Mangement Agency Name
Landowner or Land Mangement Agency Signature
Phone
Date
Approved
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.
Personal health and safety
Survival
Public health
Conservation
Good citizenship