AquilaNegra2 wrote:Because of some of the specific requirements for this badge, it's not necessarily one that boys get naturally. Depends upon the makeup of the troop, and the personality of the boy.
But it should be, at least as far as designing a troop program that allows scouts the opportunity to "naturally" earn the Camping MB. Individual personality issues can be hard to overcome, and if a boy just does not want to camp then the Camping MB will be a challenge, and maybe that boy will not earn his Eagle - life goes on.
Camping requirements 1 through 8 are pretty easy to satisfy over the course of 3 to 10 weekends of patrol camping.
Requirement 9(b) is really not that hard:
On any of these camping experiences, you must do TWO of the following, only with proper preparation and under qualified supervision:
1. Hike up a mountain, gaining at least 1,000 vertical feet.
2. Backpack, snowshoe, or cross-country ski for at least 4 miles.
3. Take a bike trip of at least 15 miles or at least four hours.
4. Take a nonmotorized trip on the water of at least four hours or 5 miles.
5. Plan and carry out an overnight snow camping experience.
6. Rappel down a rappel route of 30 feet or more.
9(b) is easy if you plan camping outings around the above options. Heck, one weekend backpacking trip can satisfy the first two options (unless there is no hill in sight), and should also be long enough for Scouts who want to work on the backpacking MB. The troop program should be designed to offer the required camping experience options many times every year, not just because they are required for a MB, but because they are fun!
9(c) is also very simple. Have your Scouts ask staff at summer camp for a conservation project that they can work on over the course of a week.