Camp Chawanakee is proud to have one of the most diversified
and exciting programs of any west coast camp. The following page will
walk you through our program structure. If you want to see the current listing of merit badges we offer at camp please go to Camp Chawanakee Merit Badges.
Things you should know about our Merit Badge Program:
The following is information you need to know about the Chawanakee
Merit Badge Program. Specific classes and times offered are posted at
Sometimes requirements for a merit badges change from the National Office,
if this happens we will be sure to post information about it on both of
our websites. Those who register their email address at the Chawanakee
web site will
receive an email when updates occur.
Difficulty Rating: This is a Ten Point scale that is used to
reference which merit badges are appropriate for younger Scouts. It is
our recommendation that younger Scouts take merit badges whose
difficulty ratings do not exceed 5 nor take more than 3 merit badges.
Younger Scouts are encouraged to participate in the Trail to First Class
Pre-Requisites: A scout can still register for the
merit badge, however these are items that need to be completed before arriving at camp. These requirements must be completed (and signed off on his blue card) by
the Scout before camp with an approved merit badge counselor in their
home city. These are
items that either cannot be satisfactorily completed at camp or are
otherwise inappropriate in the camp setting. Pre-requisites not
completed will result in the scout receiving a
Recommended Requirements: These are
requirements that may prove extremely difficult to complete at camp due to time
constraints or weather related issues. You may want your Scouts to
complete these requirements prior to camp to ensure completion of the
Cost: Certain merit badges have a cost or costs that
are over and above those covered by the basic camp fee. Make sure Scouts
are prepared to cover any costs of their desired merit badges.
Period Taught: This refers to the period during the day
that a merit badge is taught. Please note that some merit badges require
more than one period to complete. All signups for merit badges will be
conducted using www.chawanakee.com.
Location: This is a handy way to tell where to meet for a merit badge
on the first day of instruction.
Merit Badge Sign Up: To help ensure your scouts get the program they
want and to promote fairness to all, all merit badges must be signed up
for at www.chawanakee.com. Due to equipment and quality concerns, many
classes have a cap on the number of scouts each period will hold, please
signup early, all sign ups are on a first come-first serve basis.
Age Requirements: National Standards
requires each scout camp to have
an older boy program, therefore, some merit badges are limited to Scouts
age 14 and older; please check those merit badges that apply. Please do not
ask for waivers on age requirements.
Changes to schedule may be made at camp, but cannot be guaranteed.