Outdoor Skills

  • Emergency Preparedness
    Emergency Preparedness merit badge is required for Eagle (alternate: Lifesaving) In this session, Scouts will learn how to be helpful before, during, and after an emergency. Participants will even be able to conduct a mock search-and-rescue mission. Scouts must have previously earned First Aid merit badge in order to participate (this is the first requirement of Emergency Preparedness merit badge). Scouts may bring the materials necessary for Emergency Preparedness requirement 8b to camp to be checked off by the instructor, or may complete 8b at home. Pre-Requsites are 1, 2c. and 8b.
  • First Aid
    First aid—caring for injured or ill persons until they can receive professional medical care—is an important skill for every Scout. This badge is required for Eagle. Scouts should bring materials for a personal first aid kit (requirement 2d) to be checked by the Instructor. Scouts must have completed all first aid requirements in the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks in order to participate (requirements 4, 6, and 7 respectively).
  • Geocaching
    In this session, Scouts will learn how a GPS works and how to operate one. Throughout the week, participants will explore several geocaching courses around camp. Expierence with Orienteering may be helpful. Scouts may provide their own GPS units or use the ones provided by camp. We recommend that all participants bring a reusable water bottle. Scouts with particular interest in navigation are also encouraged to enroll in an Orienteering session.
  • Orienteering
    Scouts will set up and comple several orienteering courses throughout the week. A lot of time will be spent walking on the courses around camp, so we recommend that all participants bring a reusable water bottle. Scouts with particular interest in navigation are also encouraged to enroll in a Geocaching session.
  • Wilderness Survival
    Scouts will learn how to make appropriate plans and manage risks when in the wilderness. Additionally, they will learn how to survive when things go wrong. We recommend that Scouts be at least 13 years of age in order to participate. There will be an overnight component to this badge where scout will camp at a different location but still on camp property.Requirement 5 (building a personal survival kit) must be completed before coming to camp and should be sent with the Scout to camp to show to the instructor.  Here are some suggested items that could be included:
  • 10 Waterproof matches
  • 2 Fish hooks
  • 25’ Fishing line
  • 25’ Para cord
  • 3’ Aluminum foil
  • Large (55 gallon) heavy duty trash bag
  • Signaling mirror
  • Whistle
  • Small roll of duct tape
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Collapsible cup
  • First aid kit 


  • Pioneering
    Pioneering—the knowledge of ropes, knots, and splices along with the ability to build rustic structures by lashing together poles and spars—is among the oldest of Scouting's skills. In this session, Scouts will discover the many uses of knots, lashings, and splices and put them into practice by constructing one or more structural projects.
  • Search & Rescue
    Scouts will learn hazards you might encounter while conducting a search and rescue and what types of protective gear could be used during a search.  Scouts will learn first aid awareness for different types of situations that could a arise in a search and rescue.  (Search and Rescue in real-life scenarios should always be left to trained individuals.  This class will not provide and official training to perform search and rescue.) Pre-Requisites for Search and Rescue are 5,6,&7.