Need help earning your Camping merit badge and learning how to thrive on an overnight outing with your troop? If so, I’ve got your back! In this part of my helpful Camping merit badge guide, get ready to learn about tent-pitching, outdoor stoves, safety procedures, campout prep, and more. 😀
You’ve reached part 3 of my ultimate guide to the Camping merit badge! If you’re new to ScoutSmarts, you should first check out part 1 (answers to requirements 1-2) and part 2 (answers to requirements 3-6) for more help with earning your Camping merit badge.
If you’ve just come over from part two, congratulations! You’re almost finished. Once you earn this badge, you’ll be prepared to prepare for campouts like a pro! Right now, take a moment to feel proud of yourself for how much you’ve already learned and accomplished.
Now, let’s get back into it! Take a minute to closely review and think through requirements 6-10 of the Camping merit badge. Then, I’ll be helping you to understand the answers to each requirement so that you’ll be ready to earn this ultra-useful Eagle-required badge!
Camping Merit Badge Workbook Help
6c) Describe the factors to be considered in deciding where to pitch your tent.
6d) Tell the difference between internal- and external-frame packs. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.
6e) 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.
Camping Merit Badge Requirement 7:
Prepare for an overnight campout with your patrol by doing the following:
7a) Make a checklist of personal and patrol gear that will be needed.
7b) 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.
Camping Merit Badge Requirement 8:
8a) Explain the safety procedures for:
—I) Using a propane or butane/propane stove
—II) Using a liquid fuel stove
—III) Proper storage of extra fuel
8a-I) Using a Propane or Butane/Propane Stove
8a-II) Using a liquid fuel stove
8a-III) Proper storage of extra fuel
8b) Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of lightweight cooking stoves.
8c) 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.
Helpful Link: You can use your troop’s prior camp menus and our article on How To Plan a Scout Patrol Camp Meal for inspiration!
Camp Food Safety
Scouting Tip: Airtight food containers can help you save space, reduce waste, and protect your food from the elements. Label the containers with expiration dates to avoid eating spoiled food!
8d) While camping in the outdoors, 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.
Camping Merit Badge Requirement 9:
Show experience in camping by doing the following:
9a) Camp a total of at least 20 nights at designated Scouting activities or events. One long-term camping experience of up to six consecutive nights may be applied toward this requirement. Sleep each night under the sky or in a tent you have pitched. If the camp provides a tent that has already been pitched, you need not pitch your own tent.
9b) On any of these camping experiences, you must do TWO of the following, only with proper preparation and under qualified supervision:
I) Hike up a mountain, gaining at least 1,000 vertical feet.
II) Backpack, snowshoe, or cross-country ski for at least 4 miles.
III) Take a bike trip of at least 15 miles or at least four hours.
IV) Take a nonmotorized trip on the water of at least four hours or 5 miles.
V) Plan and carry out an overnight snow camping experience.
VI) Rappel down a rappel route of 30 feet or more.
9c) Perform a conservation project approved by the landowner or land managing agency. This can be done alone or with others.
Camping Merit Badge Requirement 10:
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.
If you found this post helpful, I’ve also written guides to many of the other Eagle-required merit badges. I’d definitely recommend checking out my comprehensive difficulty rankings for every Eagle-required merit badge if you haven’t seen it already.