The requirements for Camping merit badge were revised effective August
Camping is a required merit badge for the Eagle
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or
illnesses that could occur while camping, including
hypothermia, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, frostbite,
dehydration, sunburn, insect stings, tick bites,
snakebite, blisters, and hyperventilation.
- Make a layout of a typical patrol campsite. Show
cooking spots, dining fly, latrine, and at least three
two-man tents. Explain how and why weather, season, and
water supply are considered when choosing a site.
Explain what care to take with regard to safe water,
sanitary facilities, and emergencies.
- Make a written plan for getting to and from a camping
spot on foot or by vehicle.
- Make a chart showing how a typical patrol is organized
for an overnight campout. List assignments for each
- Prepare a list of clothing you would need for an
overnight campout in:
Discuss the kinds of footwear for different kinds of
weather. Explain care of the feet.
- Describe four kinds of tents. Cite their good and bad
- Prepare for an overnight campout with your patrol by
doing the following*:
- Make a checklist of personal gear that will be
- Prepare a camp menu that is right for the time of
the year. Give recipes. Make a food list for your
patrol. List foods you can get from your grocery
store. Supplies should be lightweight, though some
canned foods may be used. Plan two breakfasts,
three lunches, and two suppers.
- Pack your own gear and your share of the patrol
gear and food for proper carrying. Protect it
against bad weather. Show that your pack is right
for getting what's needed first, and that it has
been assembled properly for comfort, weight,
balance, size, and neatness. Explain how the rest
of the patrol gear and food is divided among
- Show the right way to pack your full gear in
your pack. (Explain the principles of packing
in external and internal frame packs.)
- Complete the following while on an overnight campout:
- Present yourself with your pack for inspection. Be
correctly clothed and equipped for an overnight
- Working with another Scout, pitch a two-man tent.
Consider weather and terrain. On this campsite,
where allowed, make a latrine for your patrol.
(Where not allowed, as in state parks, etc.,
describe how to build it.)
- Make a comfortable ground bed. Use it for 2 nights.
Use ground cloth and padding of clothing, pack,
grass, leaves, or straw.
- Where it's allowed, build up a fireplace area of
nonburnable soil. Show proper use of woods tools in
getting and preparing fuel for a cooking fire. Show
how you would get, prepare, and protect your wood
on a rainy day. Show how you would prepare a meal
properly when it's raining.
- Build three kinds of top-of-the-ground fires. Use
charcoal for one. Show how to put out a fire
properly. (Where open fires cannot be used, show
how to build the fires, but don't light them.)
- Show the right way to protect your camp including
your food and gear, against animals, insects, and
wet or bad weather. Discuss how you would protect
yourself against all kinds of weather if caught out
on the trail with only a pocketknife.
- Strike camp. Fold or roll your tent for packing.
Pack all gear. Leave a clean camp. Show the right
way to get rid of garbage and rubbish.
- Show experience in camping by doing the following:
- Camp out a total of at least 20 days and 20 nights.
Sleep each night under the sky or under a tent you
have pitched. (You may use a week of summer camp as
part of the 20 days and 20 nights.)
- On one of these camping trips, hike 1.5 miles or
more each way to and from your campsite. Pack your
own gear plus your share of patrol gear and food.
- Serve as one of the cooks for your patrol for at
least five meals prepared in camp.
- Discuss how the things you did to earn this badge have
taught you personal health and safety, survival, public
health, conservation, and good citizenship.
* May be part of a troop trip.