Junior Camper

Junior Camper badge

The Camper badge is part of the “It's Your Planet - Love It!” badge set introduced in 2011. It replaces the retired Camp Together badge.

For the badges released in 2011, scouts must complete all of the activities listed to earn the badge.

Please add ideas to customize the activities and other useful resources below.

Activity #1: Start planning your adventureEdit

Activity #2: Gain a new camping skillEdit

  • Firestarters. The girls made quick firestarters that worked beautifully! Shave off pieces of wax with a potato peeler from some old candles on ~6 inch squares of wax paper. Then roll up the paper with the shavings inside and twist the two ends. Each one seemed to burn for about 3-5 minutes. About 4-5 of these started a good sized campfire in just a few minutes!
  • Starting a campfire.
    How to Build a Campfire infographic, including what type of wood to gather. File:Campfireinfographic.pdf
  • Setting up a tent. We plan to set up our tents and have the girls learn about sealing the seams.  An ounce of prevention better than a pound of cure!

Activity #3: Find your inner camp chefEdit

Box ovens. Since we arrived at our campsite late on Friday, we ordered pizzas. Then we took the empty boxes and covered them inside and outside completely with aluminum foil (using a few pieces of duct tape to hold it on as needed). In the morning, we put the boxes on grills over the campfires (once they had died down a bit). After they heated up inside, we put pans of Pillsbury cinnamon buns inside. Took about 20 minutes to cook - and wonderfully warm and yummy on a cool Fall day. Just have to watch that the flames are not too high, or the buns get a bit burnt on the bottom.

Camping Recipe Book from Some easy ideas for the girls to make while camping.

Activity #4: Try a new activityEdit

  • Learn to use a compass. While on a camping trip, and about 1/4 mile away from our campsite in the woods, we did a quick lesson in how to use a compass. Then we paired the girls up and had them find their way back to the campsite (we could hear and see them most of the way, so could tell if there were any problems).

Activity #5: Head out on your trip - and have some nighttime funEdit

Additional ResourcesEdit

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