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  • #31
    Blend the two. There is nothing wrong with Merit Badges, but combine 2-3 into a track instead of as a one hour per day class.

    Put nature, Wilderness Survival and Pioneering into one course over two days, that includes building a shelter in a tower where you do observations.

    Put rowing, canoeing and fishing into a track where you learn to work the craft, and fish from it.

    If you do Theater, combine with Communications - you now own the campfire and morning announcements.

    We took badges that can be earned just by being a Scout, and made them into one hour per day courses with homework. Take them back to activities that just happen to cover the requirements. Beware of double counting rules, but other than that you can make some fun stuff happen in the slots instead.


    • #32
      My camp has excellent shooting sports facitlities. I've discussed the idea of adding the NRA/Winchester Marksmanship program this summer. Seems a "no-brainer" since we have the facilities, equipment and instructors. We're going to make having the merit badge a prerequisite. This program should draw some older Scouts that really want to develop their shooting skills to camp.