Camp Chawanakee

serving the youth of California, Nevada, Arizona
Florida, Montana and Hawaii since 1947

Celebrating 69 Years in 2015

Sponsored by Tah-Heetch Lodge 195
a 5 year accredited camp under the NCAP program

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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.

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.

We are currently reviewing feedback from 2014 to decide what the 2015 schedule will be. Once we have that finalized we will post it for all to see. In the mean time please use the 2014 as an example of what may be used.

Name

Area

Difficulty

Cap

Age

Cost

Periods Taught

Pre-Reqs

Archery

Shooting Sports

10

25

All Ages

None

1 , 2 , 3 , 4

 

Art

Handicrafts

4

None

All Ages

None

2 , 3 , 4

5

Astronomy

Nature

6

None

All Ages

None

 

5b,

B.S.A. Lifeguard

Waterfront

10

10

15 and up

None

3, 4

 

Basketry

Handicrafts

2

None

All Ages

$13-$20

1 , 2 , 4

 

C.O.P.E.

High Adventure

10

12

13 and up

None

1&2, 3&4

 

C.O.P.E. Adult

High Adventure

10

12

18 and up

None

 Afternoon Open Time

 

Camping

Scout Craft

5

40

All Ages

None

1 , 2

4b, 5e, 7b, 8c, 8d, 9a, 9b

Canoeing

Waterfront

7

30

All Ages

None

1&2 , 3& 4

 

Chess

Eagle Point

   

All Ages

None

Open Time

 

Citizenship in the World

Eagle Point

8

30

All Ages

None

2 , 3

7

Climb On Safely

Adult Trainings

5

None

All Ages

None

Special time, more details at camp

 

Climbing

High Adventure

10

12

All Ages, Must meet physical demand

ability

None

1&2 , 3&4

 

Communications

Eagle Point

8

30

All Ages

None

1 , 2 , 3 , 4

8,

Cooking

Scout Craft

8

None

All Ages

None

1&2, 3&4

It is not possible for us to complete requirements 5, 6, and 7. We will help scouts finish as much as possible.

Emergency Preparedness

Scout Craft

10

25

All Ages

None

1 , 2 , 3 , 4

1, 2, 6c, 7, 8

Environmental Science

Nature

7

25

All Ages

None

 

 

Fire Safety

Scout Craft

5

None

All Ages

None

1, 2

6a, 11

First Aid

Eagle Point

10

20

All Ages

None

1 ,2 , 3, 4

2d,

Fish and Wildlife Management

Nature

6

None

All Ages

None

 

5,

Fishing

Scout Craft

3

None

All Ages

None

1, 2, 3, 4

9

Forestry

Nature

6

None

All Ages

None

 

5, 7

Geology

Nature

7

None

All Ages

None

 

 

Horsemanship

Horse Corral

10

15

All Ages

$32

1, 2, 3, 4

 

Indian Lore

Handicrafts

7

None

All Ages

$10-$20

4

 

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills

Adult Trainings

5

None

All Ages

None

Special time, more details at camp

 

Kayaking

Waterfront

10

None

All Ages

None

Special Time

 

Leatherwork

Handicrafts

2

None

All Ages

$10-$20

1, 2, 3, 4

 

Lifesaving

Waterfront

10

20

All Ages

None

1&2, 3&4

 

Mammal Study

Nature

4

None

All Ages

None

 

5

Nature

Nature

5

None

All Ages

None

 

 

Orienteering

Scout Craft

6

None

All Ages

None

3, 4

 

Photography

Handicrafts

7

None

All Ages

None

1 , 2 , 4

Bring a Digital Camera

Pioneering

Scout Craft

6

None

All Ages

None

1 , 3 , 4

2a

Pottery

Handicrafts

3

None

All Ages

None

1 , 3 , 4

7

Public Speaking

Eagle Point

4

None

All Ages

None

1, 4

 

Reptile and Amphibian Study

Nature

6

None

All Ages

None

 

8, 9

Rifle Shooting

Shooting Sports

10

32

All Ages

$8

1 , 2 , 3 , 4

 

Robotics

Eagle Point

8

None

All Ages

$20

Special Times

6

Rowing

Waterfront

6

20

All Ages

None

2 , 3 , 4

 

Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat

Adult Trainings

5

None

All Ages

None

Special time, more details at camp

 

               

Search and Rescue

Scout Craft

8

25

All Ages

None

1 , 2 , 3 , 4

6a, 6b, 9

Shotgun Shooting

Shooting Sports

10

18

All Ages

$35

2 , 3 , 4

 

 

*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.