Our “Camp Is Where Home Is” virtual summer camp offers three Scouts BSA weeks. Each five-day session runs from Sunday evening through Thursday evening. The dates are:
- Session 1: June 28-July 2 – Merit Badge Class Availability
- Session 2: July 5-9 – Merit Badge Class Availability
- Session 3: July 12-16 – Merit Badge Class Availability
We’re keeping things super simple – our cost is $25 per merit badge taken. The only exception is Basketry, which is $60 and includes kit materials and shipping. Scouts have the opportunity to take up to a maximum of six different merit badges per session.
Build Your Own Unique Virtual Camp Adventure
Our Scouts BSA program is about as customizable as you can get with a virtual summer program. Not only do Scouts have the ability to select what merit badges to take, but they can also choose in which session they are taking each merit badge.
We know that a lot has changed for Scouts and their families in the last few months, and as a result, we thought for some Scouts, it might be more comfortable if they could spread out their merit badges between any of the three weeks. Scouts can choose to take all their merit badges in one session, split them between two weeks, or even spread them out over all three sessions. Every Scout can build a unique schedule that best fits their needs.
This flexible approach also means a Scout could elect to participate in all three Scouts BSA sessions, taking six merit badges each week and have the opportunity to earn a total of 18 merit badges.
Merit Badge Offerings
This summer, we are offering 27 different merit badges across five program areas:
- Digital Technology
- Game Design
- Public Health
- Environmental Science
- Mammal Study
- Reptile and Amphibian Study
- First Aid
- Scouting Heritage
- Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit
- Rank Advancement
- Basketry (this merit badge costs $60, which includes kit materials and shipping)
- Citizenship in the Community
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Emergency Preparedness
- Personal Fitness
Just as we would for campers attending Hidden Valley or Tuckahoe, we will hold a different program activity each evening.
- Sunday evening will be our Opening Campfire with songs, skits, and cheers by the staff from Hidden Valley and Tuckahoe.
- Monday will be a good old-fashioned traditional Trivia Night.
- On Tuesday evening, we will have a Cook-Off where Scouts prepare their favorite “camping” meal and submit a picture of their final dish, their recipe, and a video of someone tasting the meal.
- We’re inviting all members of the Order of the Arrow to join our virtual social on Wednesday evening.
- As always, we will conclude our week on Thursday with our Campers’ Campfire. We will feature videos of favorite songs, skits, or cheers submitted by Scouts during the campfire program.
In the Participant’s Guide, you will find a list of materials you will need to complete each of the merit badges offered. Please make sure to check these lists before your session to ensure you have the required items available. If you are taking the Basketry merit badge, we will ship your stool and basket kits to you before your session.
We’ve created a detailed Scouts BSA Participant Guide to help you have a great experience. This guide will provide you with detailed information about the program, what you need to know to get registered, and everything we plan to offer. Please be sure to read all parts of the Participant’s Guide to gather a full understanding of the program and expectations for participants.