This Merit Badge
is Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank
These were the REQUIREMENTS
before the REVISIONS made on January 1, 2006
REQUIREMENTS were REVISED in 2000 and 2003.
The numbering of requirement 9(c) was clarified
in 2003 when the merit badge pamphlet was revised.
Item 9(c) was shown as 9(b)(6) erroneously in the 2000 edition of
Boy Scout Requirements and the previous version of the merit badge
revision to the wording of requirement 9(a) was made with the release
of a new printing of the Camping merit badge pamphlet in 2003. However,
the change to Item 9(a) did not appear until the 2005 Boy Scout
revision to the wording of requirement 6(b) was made in 2003, without
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- 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, and blisters.
- 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..
- Make a written plan for an overnight trek and explain how
to get to your camping spot using a topographical map and compass..
- Make a chart showing how a typical patrol is organized for
an overnight campout. List assignments for each member.
- Do the following:
- Prepare a list of clothing you would need for overnight
campouts in warm weather and in cold weather.
- Discuss footwear for different kinds of weather and
how the right footwear is important for protecting your
- Explain the proper care and storage of camping equipment
(clothing, footwear, bedding).
- Explain the term "layering".
- Present yourself with your pack for inspection. Be correctly
clothed and equipped for an overnight campout.
- Do the following:
- Describe the features of four types of tents and how
to care for tents. Working with another Scout, pitch a tent.
- Discuss the reasons and methods for water treatment.
Discuss camp sanitation.
- Tell the difference between "internal" and "external"
frame packs. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of
- Discuss the types of sleeping bags and what kind would
be suitable for different conditions. Explain the proper
care of your sleeping bag. Make a comfortable ground bed.
- Prepare for an overnight campout with your patrol by doing
- Make a checklist of personal and patrol gear that will
- Prepare a camp menu that is right for backpacking..
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
- 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,
- Do the following:
- Explain the safety procedures when using a:
- Propane or butane/propane stove
- Liquid fuel stove
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different
types of lightweight cooking stoves.
- Cook for your patrol a trail meal requiring the use
of a lightweight stove.
- Show experience in camping by doing the following:
- Camp a total of at least 20 days and 20 nights.
You may use a week of long-term camp toward this requirement.
Sleep each night under the sky or in a tent you have pitched
(long-term camp excluded).
- On any of these camping experiences, you must do TWO
of the following, only with proper preparation and under
- Hike up a mountain, gaining at least 2,000 vertical
- Backpack for at least four miles.
- Take a bike trip of at least 15 miles or at least
- Plan and carry out a float trip of at least four
- Rappel down a rappel route of 30 feet or more.
- On one of your campouts, perform a conservation project
approved in advance by the private landowner or public land
- 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.
A footnote to Requirement 7, reading
"May be part of a Troop trip" was in earlier editions of the Requirements
Book, but no longer appears in the current edition. However,
although not specifically stated in the requirements, if the troop
goes on a trip, and the Patrol method is used (or if there is only
one patrol) that campout can be used to meet requirement 7.
BSA Advancement ID#: 1
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1999
Requirements last updated in 2000 & 2003