CFR Merit Badges and Prerequisites

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CAMP FALLING ROCK
SUMMER CAMP MERIT BADGES AND PREREQUISITES LIST
Revised 3/17/14
DISCLAIMER: Many merit badges offered at camp cannot be completed within the one-week
session. It can be frustrating for the youth (and adult leaders) to return from a program area at
summer camp with only partial completion of the merit badge requirements. History also shows that
youths receiving partials at camp are less likely to go home and finish those merit badges than if they
did all of the requirements at home in the first place.
As a camp staff, one of the problems we face is the stereotype that summer camp just gives away
merit badges without the youth actually doing the requirements or learning anything. This is why in
2012 we are putting even more focus on providing quality instruction. In order to do this, we can
only focus on the requirements that we can actually teach satisfactorily at camp. Because of this, we
have adopted this uniform set of prerequisites for some of the merit badges; if a scout comes with the
prerequisites in hand, they can complete all of their merit badges.
We urge both adults and scouts to look through the requirements of the badges they wish to take
before coming to camp. Some of the badges require a little research about certain topics. Our camp
computers are used for the Computers merit badge, so they are not always available for other
purposes, so we strongly suggest bringing relevant research as well. Also, if a requirement is not
listed, it can be completed at camp, but there may be other options available to complete that
requirement that the boy may want to do instead.
Additional “fine print”: Scouts must complete all of the requirements of a merit badge in order to earn
that badge. The requirements for every merit badge the BSA offer are found in the current Boy Scout
Requirements book (#34765) or online at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badges. There
are no alternative “summer camp requirements.”
Each program area will have the most current revision of the merit badge pamphlets for each merit
badge they offer. Each scout is expected to supply the correct merit badge pamphlet for the badges he
wishes to earn.
Camp Falling Rock and its staff reserve the right to add or take away from this list of merit badges
offered according to our available staff and equipment, though we hope we don’t need to.
Note: Summer camps are not authorized by the Advancement Committee to offer merit badges not
included in this document.
AQUATICS
Canoeing (revised 2005)
Bring a swim suit, towel, and shoes for capsizing.
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Kayaking (revised 2012)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Lifesaving (revised 2001)
Bring long pants, a long-sleeved button-up shirt, socks and shoes that will get wet.
1. Bring a signed note from your scoutmaster. This must be done before the rest of the badge.
Motorboating (revised 2009)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Rowing (revised 2006)
Bring a swim suit, towel, and shoes for capsizing.
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Swimming (revised 2009)
Bring long pants, a long-sleeved button-up shirt, socks and shoes that will get wet.
All requirements can be completed at camp.
CFR LABORATORIES
Chemistry (revised 2006)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Chess (revised 2011)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Computers (revised 2010)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Electricity (revised 2007)
2. Complete an electrical safety inspection of your home. You can download one at
www.usscouts.org/mb/docs/Electricity-Home-Checklist.doc (if the link does not work, copy
and paste the hyperlink into your browser.)
8. Bring a floor plan of your home with wiring diagrams.
9. Bring a copy of your family’s energy bill, and have information from when you read your
electric meter.
Electronics (revised 2005)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Energy (revised 2006)
1. Bring in a newspaper or internet article on the use or conservation of energy.
4. Bring in a log detailing your family’s energy use over a 14-day period.
Nuclear Science (revised 2011)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Robotics (revised 2011)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Space Exploration (revised 2005)
1. Bring in the card you made.
COMMUNICATIONS (other)
Communications (revised 2013)
5. Attend a public meeting and be prepared to discuss your objective report.
FIRST AID
First Aid (revised 2008)
2. (d) Bring your personal first aid kit that you made (NOT commercial).
Emergency Preparedness (revised 2009)
1. Enroll in the First Aid merit badge course at camp, OR bring a signed letter of completion from
your scoutmaster.
2. (b) Bring your chart of emergency plans. (c) Bring a signed letter of completion from your
parent.
6. (c) Bring your research and be prepared to discuss it.
8. (c) Bring your personal emergency kit as well as a photo and inventory list of your family
emergency kit.
FOXFIRE
Cooking (revised 2007)
7. Bring your menu, food list and costs, utensils list, and a signed letter of completion from your
parent.
Metalwork (revised 2008)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
HANDICRAFT
Art (revised 2007)
4. Bring photo evidence of your visit.
Basketry (revised 2004)
Basketry kits can be found in the trading post.
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Indian Lore (revised 2009)
2. Do TWO of the following (some kits may be available in the trading post): a. Bring
your item.
b. Bring your items.
c. Bring your model.
d. Bring photos of your visit and the 10 items.
Leatherwork (revised 2003)
Bring shoes or boots that are made of leather.
Leatherwork kits can be found in the trading post.
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Painting (revised 2009)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Pottery (revised 2009)
7.Do ONE of the following:a.Bring photos of your visit.
b.Bring photos of your visit.
c.Bring your report, and be ready to discuss it with your counselor.
Woodcarving (revised 2002)
Bring a pocket knife.
Woodcarving kits can be found in the trading post.
All requirements can be completed at camp.
NATURE
Astronomy (revised 2010)
5.(b) Bring your chart.
2.Do ONE of the following:a.Bring your report or scrapbook.
b.Can do at camp.
c.Bring photos of the event.
d.Bring photos of the event.
e.Bring your photos and star chart.
Bird Study (revised 2006)
Bring an appropriate field notebook (should fit in your pocket) and pencils.
8.Can be done at camp, but BEST if you bring your project or photos of it.
Environmental Science (revised 2006) All requirements can be completed at camp.
Fish and Wildlife Management (revised 2005)
5.Bring photos of your project, and be prepared to discuss it with your counselor.
Fishing (revised 2003)
5.Bring examples of the five basic artificial lures.
7.Bring a copy of the Ohio fishing regulations.
9.Bring photographs of you catching and cooking a fish, OR bring your fishing gear to catchone at
camp.
Fly Fishing (revised 2003)
5.Bring your fly fishing gear.
8.Bring a copy of the Ohio fishing regulations.
10.Bring photographs of your two caught fish and photographs of you cooking one of them,
ORhave your fly fishing gear to do so at camp.
Forestry (revised 2006)
Bring an appropriate field notebook (should fit in your pocket) and pencils.
5.Bring photographs of your activity as well as your report (with dates).
Geology (revised 2006)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Insect Study (revised 2009)
4.Bring your scrapbook. It does not need to be completed prior, but it is difficult to obtainarticles
and photographs at camp.
7.Bring photographs at multiple stages throughout the insect’s life. Label them with the dates.
8.Bring photographs.
Mammal Study (revised 2004)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Nature (revised 2004)
5.Do FIVE of the following:a.Bring photographs of your birdhouse, feeding station or
birdbath and a list of thebirds that visited it.
b.Can be done at camp.
c.Can be done at camp.
d.(1) Bring your mounted insects. (2)Bring photographs at multiple stages throughoutthe
insect’s life. Label them with dates.
e.Bring your fishing gear, OR bring photographs of your caught fish (preferred).
f.Bring your mounted shells.
g.Can be done at camp.
h.Can be done at camp.
Oceanography (revised 2004)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Plant Science (revised 2006)
7.Do ONE of the following:
a.Option 1: Agronomyii.Bring photographs of your project and your report on
your findings.
iii.Bring in your samples of weeds.
vi.Do ONE of the following1.(a) Bring photographs of your corn at
various dates. Label them.
2.(a) Bring photographs of your cotton at various dates. Label them.
3.(a) Bring your mounted samples.
4.(a) Bring a list of the production figures. (b) Bring photographs of
youractivity. (c) Bring photographs and notes from your visit.
5.(a) Bring photographs of your soybeans at various dates. Label them.
b.Option 2: Horticulturei.Bring photographs from your visit.
iii.Do ONE of the following:
1.Bring photographs of your plant at various dates. Label them.
2.Bring photographs of your plants at various dates. Label them.
3.Bring photographs of your activity. Be prepared to explain how
goodpruning techniques are being shown.
4.Bring photographs of your activity.
1.Do ONE of the following:1.(a) Bring photographs of your plants at different
dates. Label them. (b)Bring photographs of your plants at different dates.
Label them. Bringyour record of activity. (c) Bring photographs of you
demonstratingeach of the techniques. Be prepared to discuss them.
2.(a) Bring photographs of your trees at different dates. Label them.
(b)Bring photographs of your activity. Be prepared to explain how
goodpruning techniques are being shown.
3.(a) Bring photographs of your plants at different dates. Label them.
(b)Bring photographs of your activity. Be prepared to explain how
goodpruning techniques are being shown.
4.(a) Bring photographs and the design plan for your landscape. (b)Bring
photographs of your plants at different dates. Label them. (c)Bring
photographs of each activity. Be prepared to discuss them.
c.Option 3: Field Botany
Camp works as a site to visit. Bring materials to mount plant specimens.
Reptile and Amphibian Study (revised 2006)
1.Easiest to take photographs or sketches prior to camp.
8.Do ONE of the following:a.Bring photographs of your pet as well as your journal of
caring for it.
b.Bring photographs and your journal of sketches and observations.
Soil and Water Conservation (revised 2005)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Weather (revised 2007)
8.Do ONE of the following:a.Bring your weather instrument and logs.
b.Bring photographs from your visit and a report on your findings.
OUTDOOR SKILLS
Backpacking (revised 2008)
Bring a compass or GPS meant for treks, your own camping pack, and a personal backpacking stove
with fuel. (Non-wood fuel is to be kept and handled by an adult until it is needed.)
10.Bring a signed letter of completion from your scoutmaster.
11.Bring your trek plan and a signed letter of completion from your scoutmaster.
Camping (revised 2007)
4.(b) Bring a signed note of completion from your scoutmaster.
5.(e) Bring a signed note of completion from your scoutmaster.
7.(b) Bring your packed backpack.
9.(a) Bring a signed letter of completion from your scoutmaster, or a signed letter saying youhave
completed at least 14 days and nights of camping. (b) Bring photographs of the event ora
signed letter of completion from your scoutmaster. If you have only completed one of
theseactivities, bring photographs or a letter of completion for that activity as well as a
HoldHarmless agreement for our climbing tower. You can rappel at camp.
Hiking (revised 2008)
5.Bring your hike plans and a signed letter of completion from your scoutmaster.
6.Bring your hike plan and a signed letter of completion from your scoutmaster.
7.Bring your post-hike reports.
Orienteering (revised 2004)
Bring your compass.
7.Bring a signed letter of completion from your scoutmaster along with your reports for
eachevent.
8.Bring your master map and control description sheet.
9.Bring a signed letter of completion from your scoutmaster.
Pioneering (revised 2006)
2. (a) Bring a signed letter of completion from your scoutmaster.
Search and Rescue (revised 2012)
5. Complete the ICS-100 training and bring a printed certificate to camp. The training can be
found at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is100b.asp (if the link does not work, copy and
paste the link into your internet browser).
Wilderness Survival (revised 2008)
5. Bring your homemade survival kit.
11. Bring clothing for extremely hot weather and extremely cold weather.
SHOOTING SPORTS
Archery (revised 2005)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Rifle Shooting (revised 2002)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
Shotgun Shooting (revised 2007)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
TOWER
Climbing (revised 2007)
All requirements can be completed at camp.
WELDING (other)
Welding (revised 2012)
All requirements can be completed at camp.