Camping Program

Camping Merit BadgeTroop 8787 conducts a full program of camping activities year round. Campouts are held approximately 10 times each year. Consult the current calendar for dates. Except for special camp outs, such as the Troop Raft Trip, all activities are conducted using the “Patrol Method”, as outlined later in this manual.

Campouts feature competitive events in Scouting skills, campfires, camp-wide games, advancement, worship services, special activities and tours, and lots of fun.

Part of the camping program is designed to teach young men how to deal with adversity such as bad weather. This requires participation. Campouts are held rain or shine. A scout should be prepared to protect himself adequately from the elements. He receives instructions in these methods by regularly attending scout meetings. Campouts are only canceled in the event of unsafe conditions.

Adult “mentors or guides” are assigned to each campout. They are responsible for insuring that all permission slips and other required forms are turned in, all fees are paid, and that there are adequate vehicles and seat belts to transport the scouts to and from the campout. Mentors are also expected to attend the campout to serve as adult leadership. Two Mentors are assigned to each campout during the August planning meeting but more are always welcome.