This Merit Badge
is Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank
These were the REQUIREMENTS
before the REVISIONS made on 01/01/2000.
To see the current requirements
- 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 member.
- Prepare a list of clothing you would need for an overnight
campout in: a) Summer b) Winter. 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: (May be part of a Troop trip)
- Make a checklist of personal and patrol gear that
will be needed.
- 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
- 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 members.
- 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 camping
- 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
- 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 about personal health and safety, survival, public
health, conservation, and good citizenship.
BSA Advancement ID#: 1
Page updated on:
November 28, 2017