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Florida, Montana and Hawaii since 1947

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Camp Merit Badges

  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.

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 www.Chawanakee.com . 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.

View Class Schedule*

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 Program.

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 partial.   

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 merit badge.

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.

2014 Class Schedule*

   Name       Area       Difficulty       Cap       Age       Cost       Periods Taught   
Archery Shooting Sports 10 25 All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Art Handicrafts 4 None All Ages None 2 , 3 , 4
Astronomy Nature 6 None All Ages None 2 , 4
B.S.A. Lifeguard Waterfront 10 10 15 and up None 2 3 4
Basketry Handicrafts 2 None All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
C.O.P.E. High Adventure 10 18 13 and up None 1 2 , 3 4
C.O.P.E. Adult High Adventure 10 18 18 and up None Free Time Afternoon
Camping Scout Craft 5 40 All Ages None 1 2 , 3 4
Canoeing Waterfront 7 30 All Ages None 1 2 , 3 4
Citizenship in the World Eagle Point 8 30 All Ages None 2 , 3
Climb On Safely Adult Trainings 5 None All Ages None TBA
Climbing High Adventure 10 12 13 and up None 1 2 , 3 4
Communications Eagle Point 8 30 All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Cooking Scout Craft 8 None All Ages None 1 2 , 3 4
Emergency Preparedness Scout Craft 10 25 All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Environmental Science Nature 7 25 All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Fire Safety Scout Craft 5 None All Ages None 1 , 2
First Aid Eagle Point 10 20 All Ages None 1 2 , 3 4
Fish and Wildlife Management Nature 6 None All Ages None 3
Fishing Scout Craft 3 None All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Forestry Nature 6 None All Ages None 1 , 3
Geology Nature 7 None All Ages None 1
Horsemanship Horse Corral 10 15 All Ages $32.00 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Indian Lore Handicrafts 7 None All Ages None 4
Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Adult Trainings 5 None All Ages None TBA
Kayaking Waterfront 5 12 All Ages None 2 , 3 , 4
Leatherwork Handicrafts 2 None All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Leave No Trace Adult Trainings 5 None All Ages None TBA
Lifesaving Waterfront 10 20 All Ages None 1 2 , 3 4
Mammal & Reptile & Amphibian Study Nature 5 None All Ages None 4
Motorboating Waterfront 7 5 All Ages $20.00 1 , 2
Nature Nature 5 None All Ages None 2
Orienteering Scout Craft 6 None All Ages None 3 , 4
Photography Handicrafts 7 None All Ages None 1 , 2 , 4
Pioneering Scout Craft 6 None All Ages None 1 , 3 , 4
Pottery Handicrafts 3 None All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 ,
Public Speaking Eagle Point 5 20 All Ages None 1 , 4
Rifle Shooting Shooting Sports 10 32 All Ages $8.00 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Rowing Waterfront 6 25 All Ages None 2 , 3 , 4
Safe Swim Defense Adult Trainings 5 None All Ages None TBA
Safety Afloat Adult Trainings 5 None All Ages None TBA
Search and Rescue Scout Craft 5 25 All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Shotgun Shooting Shooting Sports 10 18 All Ages $35.00 2 , 3 , 4
Small Boat Sailing Waterfront 10 14 All Ages None 1 2 , 3 4
Soil and Water Conservation Nature 7 None All Ages None 4
Space Exploration Nature 8 None All Ages None 1 , 2
Swimming Waterfront 5 20 All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Trail to First Class Eagle Point 4 None All Ages None 3
Trail to Second Class Eagle Point 4 None All Ages None 2
Trail to Tenderfoot Eagle Point 4 None All Ages None 1 , 4
Trek Program High Adventure 5 None All Ages None 1 2 3 4
Trek Safely Adult Trainings 5 None All Ages None TBA
Weather Nature 6 None All Ages None 3
Welding High Adventure 10 5 All Ages $20.00 3 , 4
Wilderness Survival Scout Craft 6 25 All Ages None 2 , 3 , 4
Wood Carving Handicrafts 5 None All Ages None 1 , 2 , 3

*please note classes may be subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to the troops via email and written note when you arrive at camp.