Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Camping Merit Badg
Re: Camping Merit Badg
Paul S. Wolf
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 09:07:41 -0500
CHUCK BRAMLET wrote:
> Paul Wolf writes...
> >Actually, Ron is correct, and Robert is wrong. The requirement is:
> >9. Show experience in camping by doing the following:
> > a) Camp out a total of at least 20 days and 20 nights.
> > Sleep each night under the sky or under a tent you
> > have pitched. (You may use a week of summer camp as
> > part of the 20 days and 20 nights.)
> >So camping under the stars is OK, but if it is in a tent, it must be
> >in a tent that the SCOUT has pitched.
> This might be a minor quibble, but if a boy uses a week of Scoutcamp,
> where he has slept in a tent that was pitched early in the summer and
> stayed up the entire summer, how can that be considered a tent that
> the Scout has pitched?
> I agree that it should count, I just think that the reqs are a bit
Actually, we discussed this about 6 months ago, as I recall, and the
consensus was that it should NOT count, and that there was no
The clause "You may use a week of summer camp as part of the 20 days and
20 nights." does NOT override the clause that says "Sleep each night
under the sky or under a tent you have pitched." It just says that one
(and ONLY one) week of summer camp may be used as part of the 20 days
and nights needed for the badge.
If you are at a summer camp that has "permanently pitched" tents, you
should either (1) sleep in your own (or the troop's) tent that you set
up, (2) ask for permission to take down, and re-pitch the "permanent"
tent, (3) sleep under the stars each night, and just use the tent for
storing your gear, or (4) NOT include the week of summer camp in your
To be honest, I've never been at a camp that puts up tents at the start
of the season and makes troops use them, in lieu of their own tents
(except at the Philmont base camp & Training Center, and Jamboree Staff
area "tent cities"). For my troop, that's one of the key parts of going
to summer camp; choosing the sites for the patrols, their tents, flies,
and kitchen areas, and making the site into a home away from home.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
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