Boy Scout Resident Camp

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Also see Cub Scout Day Camp and Cub Scout Resident Camp

Summer camp is what many Scouts enjoy most. Camp programs provide numerous opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges along their advancement trail. Resident Scout camping includes at least five nights and six days of fun outdoor activities.


What is summer camp like?

Summer camp is FUN! Summer camps help boys develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness. Scouts learn and explore as they find adventure. Opportunities range from new Scout programs to more advanced challenges for older Scouts. Every summer camp is difference but typically offer a range of programs that might include:


Eagles Nest - other Eagle Required Merit Badges

Field Sports
First Aid

New Scouts - focus on the life skills needed for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks

  • First Aid, Knots, Lashings, Swimming, Hikes, Map & Compass, Cooking, Fire Building, Plants, and much more

Ask what the summer camps in your area offer!

Advancement in Summer Camp

Camp staff members should be prepared and available to assist unit leaders in teaching and testing Scouts on Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class requirements.

Camp merit badge counselors must be qualified (see "Qualifications of Counselors", page 13). Camp staff members who are qualified in the subject and are younger than age 18 may assist the merit badge counselor with instruction. The merit badge counselor or instructor in a particular subject should be available to both individuals and groups.

However, regardless of the class format, each Scout must be reviewed individually by the counselor to ensure completion of the badge's requirements.

Each counselor must maintain the exact standards as outlined in the merit badge requirements -- nothing deleted, nothing added -- and make himself or herself available at the time most convenient to the Scouts. Partial completion of merit badges should be credited to a Scout on the Application for Merit Badge and given to the Scoutmaster at the end of the week.

— Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, #33088B, revised 1999

National Boy Scout Resident Camp Standards

A Boy Scout resident camp is a council-organized camp of at least five consecutive nights duration and operates under trained leadership.
Some of the Mandatory and Quality Standards
  • M23: The buddy system of having two or more campers together is used in all appropriate activities, such as aquatics, backpacking, climbing/rappelling, COPE, off-camp activities, and in all Cub Scouting activities...
  • M25: Programs are age-appropriate for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. A range of programs is available based on their age and level of maturity. See Age Appropriate Chart in the Guide to Safe Scouting at []...
  • M26: The on-site camp director is at least 21 (preferably 25 or older) years of age and is currently trained in camp management by a National Camping School, with at least two seasons of prior administrative or supervisory experience recommended...
  • M27: The on-site program director is at least 21 years of age and is currently trained by a National Camping School as a program director for the appropriate program element (Cub Scouting/Boy Scouting)...
  • M35: There must be a minimum of two adult leaders with each unit and/or campsite.
  • 68: At least one staff member has been trained as a Leave No Trace trainer (two-day course). A Leave No Trace awareness workshop

is offered to leaders and campers...

  • M-69: Program experiences are provided to qualify Scouts in each of the hiking, camping, and outdoor requirements of Tenderfoot through First Class ranks...
Staff members are trained as merit badge counselors and offer opportunities for Scouts to earn a variety of merit badges at camp. A letter from the council advancement committee is provided approving merit badge counselors...
  • 70: Troops are encouraged to prepare and serve at least three meals per week in the outdoors. The camp must provide outpost camps with special program features and equipment for overnight camping...
  • 71: Campers are exposed to an Order of the Arrow (OA) program activity during their stay.
  • 72: The aquatics program in Boy Scouting includes at least three of the following: swimming, lifesaving, boating, canoeing, sailing, boardsailing], SCUBA, snorkeling, motorboating, and waterskiing...n
  • M-74: At least three programs are provided that emphasize participation by patrols and strengthen the patrol method...
  • 75: At least two campwide program events are provided during each camp period to stimulate troop program...
  • 76: The camp program includes at least two special program opportunities for second-, third-, and fourth-year campers that are not available to first-year campers that are of an advanced nature...
2008 National Resident Camp Standards

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