Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Camping Merit Badge





This Merit Badge is Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank


  1. 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 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 using a topographical map and compass OR a topographical map and a GPS receiver.
  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. 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 days and 20 nights. Sleep each night under the sky or in a tent you have
              pitched. The 20 days and 20 nights must be at a designated Scouting activity or event. You may
              use a week of long-term camp toward this requirement. 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 non-motorized 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.
  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 Law apply to camping and outdoor ethics.

Camping Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.