Boy Scout Resident Camp
Summer Camp is Swimming, Climbing, Archery, Rifle and Shotgun Shooting,
Indian Lore, Fishing, and Camping. Summer Camp is FUN!
Cub Scouts and Webelos have Day Camp and Cub Scout Resident Camp.
Boy Scout Resident Camp (or Summer Camp) is what many Scouts enjoy most. Camp programs provide numerous opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges and just have fun! Summer Camps are at least five nights and six days of fun outdoor adventures. Many troops hold an Advancement Campout to help prepare new Scouts. Troops also provide Fundraising opportunities allowing a Scout to earn enough in their Individual Accounts for a week of Summer Camp!
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 will typically offer a range of merit badges and awards that might include:
- Canoeing, Lifesaving, Motorboating, Rowing, Sailing, and Swimming, Water Sports
Eagles Nest - other Eagle Required Merit Badges
- Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, and Communications
- Archery, Rifle Shooting, and Shotgun Shooting
- Emergency Preparedness and First Aid
Scout Crafts & Arts
- Art, Basketry, Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Music, Painting, Pottery, Sculpture, and Woodcarving
- Bird Study, Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Forestry, Geology, Insect Study, Nature, Mammal Study, Reptile & Amphibian, and Weather
- Astronomy, Camping, Cooking, Fire Safety, Hiking, Pioneering, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, and overnight Outposts
- Cinematography, Computers, Photography, Space Exploration, and Surveying
New Scout Programs - focus on the basic Scout Skills needed for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks:
- First Aid, Knots, Lashings, Swimming, Hikes, Map & Compass, Cooking, Firem’n Chit, Plants, Totin' Chip, and more
Older Scout opportunities go beyond normal merit badges to areas such as:
- Backpacking, COPE, Snorkeling, Kayaking, BSA Lifeguard, Mile Swim, Paul Bunyan Woodsman
Ask what the summer camps in your area offer!
What do I need to bring?
Check with your own summer camp and troop about what they suggest you bring and what items are restricted. In addition, different merit badges may require that you bring extra items. For instance Swimming might require you to bring a long-sleeve button-up shirt. To get you started, here is a general checklist: Camping Checklist. Here is also a checklist of what the BSA suggests you have in your personal First Aid Kit.
Advancement in Summer Camp
|— Advancement in Summer Camp|
Age and Rank Requirements to Earn Merit Badges
- Main: Merit Badge Introduction
- "Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible." - Boy Scout Requirements p. 22
- "Any registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout may earn these awards until his 18th birthday." - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 24}}
National Boy Scout Resident Camp Standards
|— 2008 National Resident Camp Standards|
Provisional Summer Camp
Local councils provide a Provisional Camping option for a boy who to attend summer camp when his troop is to at camp. Benefits include:
- Boy Scouts can still attend camp even if they cannot attend with their own troop.
- Boy Scouts can attend additional weeks of summer camp.
- Boys have the opportunity to meet new friends from across their local council.
- New Scouts may attend a week at a local camp if their troop is going to a camp farther away.
- Older Scout may participate in special programs such as BSA Lifeguard, Scuba BSA, horseback riding, white water, etc.
Scouts may be placed in a troop that is supervised by full time staff whose only job is to ensure that the Scouts' week at camp is the best it can be. The Scout brings all his personal gear and the summer camp typically provides everything else. The provisional troop is made up of boys from across a local council and is a great opportunity to meet new friends and experience summer camp in a whole new way. Alternately, Scouts may also be placed with Troops already in camp.
All boys are to abide by the leadership of the Troop they are assigned and the camp staff. They must be registered in the Boy Scouts of America and bring a properly completed medical and consent to treatment form to camp and comply with all other rules.
- Advancement Campout
- Individual Accounts
- Advancement in Summer Camp
- Cub Scout Day Camp
- Cub Scout Resident Camp
- 2008 National Resident Camp Standards
- USSCouts.Org Boy Scout Camps database - with reviews
- Find area council's by zip code
- Official list of Council websites
- Unofficial list of Council websites - with City and State info
- Scout Camps USA Printed Book: A Guide to BSA Camps, Camping & High Adventure
- Scout Camps by state with reviews