Read Advancement

All registrations should be done using our online registration system.

See the merit badge schedules for Camp Buckskin and Camp Waubeeka

Registration Procedures Advancement Registrations


Rank Advancement Program

The First Year Camper Program at Read continues to evolve to provide the best possible experience for your Scouts. The program is designed to immerse new Scouts in both the Scouting program and the Read Scout Reservation. Scouts will attend sessions Monday through Friday in the morning and from 2-3 pm in the afternoon.

Scouts involved in the program will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of basic scout skills and participate in a number of recreational activities including:

  • First Aid
  • Fire Building and Safety
  • Map and Compass Skills
  • Knots and Lashings
  • Low COPE
  • Instructional Swim
  • In-Camp Caving
  • Basic outdoor cooking & much more

If you have scouts who are not interested in participating in the First Year Camper experience and would prefer to only work on scout skills to cover their rank advancement requirements, they can make appointments.

Each afternoon from 3-5pm appointments must be made ahead of time, and each evening the First Year Camper staff are available without appointment during Open Program.  The staff will be available for working on skills such as earning their Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit cards, Knot tying, and other valuable scout skills.  

Scouts in the First Year Camper program who miss sessions for any reason are also welcome to come during these times to make up the skills they’ve missed.

 

Feel that your Troop program is well set with Rank advancement? If your new Scouts would like to just take advantage of our other camp programs, here are some recommendations for them:

Merit Badges —we recommend a schedule of only 3-4 badges for First year Scouts, to allow them time to enjoy activities and not just “work” the whole week.

 Some particular badges we would recommend as appropriate for their level would be:  Archery, Astronomy, Basketry, Chess, Climbing, Horsemanship, Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Mammal Study, Nature, Woodcarving. 

 

Merit Badges Available at Camp!

Partial completion of a merit badge is not a failure, it is what the name indicates: partial success. Many Scouts will complete only sections of badges with pre-requisites or that are very difficult. They then can complete them with another counselor at home or back at camp the following summer; partials are valid until a Scout turns 18.

Scouts who are completing partially completed merit badges in camp should not be registered for the merit badge using the online system. They will meet and make an appointment with the counselor during the merit badge sign-up session Sunday evening.

Please note that each Scout must bring a signed merit badge application (blue card) to his counselor on the first day of instruction. This card, with a leader’s signature, is the staff’s assurance that a leader has approved the Scout taking the badge.  

To help your Scouts in earning merit badges, we offer the following suggestions:

1. Try to avoid letting a boy attempt too many merit badges. We set no limit on the number of badges a boy may work on, but sometimes desires are larger than abilities. An experienced camper usually can successfully complete four badges and should have the opportunity to participate in additional camp activities. You know their capabilities; guide them in setting realistic goals.

2. See to it that the Scout has reviewed the requirements of his sought-after badge. It is helpful if he has completed the pre-requisites of the badge prior to camp.  BE SURE THAT THEY PICK UP THE NECESSARY MERIT BADGE PAMPHLETS PRIOR TO CAMP.  We do have a limited quantity for purchase at the Trading Post.

3. Any requirements which are listed as prerequisites must be completed prior to camp in order for the boy to complete his badge while in camp.  The worksheets for all BSA merit badges can be found online at websites such as www.usscouts.org or www.boyscouttrail.com.

4. A partial blue card will be given to Scouts unable to complete the full badge requirements in camp.

5. Bring extra blue cards with you to camp so that if any of your scouts need to change the badges they are seeking you are prepared to issue and sign new cards for them.

 

Merit Badges by Program Area

 

AQUATICS
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Water safety, swimming, boating, canoeing, small boat sailing, Instructional Swim (sign up and discuss schedule Sunday evening), Safe Swim Defense, and Safety Afloat. Please note that BSA Lifeguard is at least six hours per day Monday through Friday. Participants must be at least 15 years of age to participate in this class, as specified on the application, and having swimming ability with various strokes (prior completion of Lifesaving merit badge a plus). Most classes have longer instructional periods. Open-Swim times to be announced at Camp.
FACILITIES: Swimming dock including learners’ area, beginners’ area, and swimmers’ area. Boating area includes rowboats, kayaks, canoes; and on Lake Waubeeka, sailboats, and SUPs (Stand up Paddle Boards).

CANOEINGExternal Link: No advanced preparation other than the Scout must be a swimmer on the opening day’s swim test and some knowledge of strokes is helpful.

KAYAKINGExternal Link: No advanced preparation other than the Scout must be a swimmer on the opening day’s swim test. Maximum of 8 scouts per class.

LIFESAVINGExternal Link *E: No advanced preparation other than the Scout must be a swimmer on the opening day’s swim test. Recommended for scout’s 14 and older. The Scout must have completed Second Class requirements 7a-7c and First Class requirements 9a-9c. Maximum of 15 scouts per class.

ROWINGExternal Link: No advanced preparation other than the Scout must be a swimmer on the opening day’s swim test and some knowledge of strokes is helpful. Maximum of 10 scouts per class.

SMALL BOAT SAILINGExternal Link: No advanced preparation other than the Scout must be a swimmer on the opening day’s swim test. Instruction for both camps is offered at Waubeeka, sailing knowledge is useful. Recommended for older Scouts and completion is contingent on wind conditions. Maximum of 10 scouts per class.

SWIMMINGExternal Link *E: Advanced preparation—the Scout must have completed Second Class requirement 5 and First Class requirement 6. This is a difficult badge. If in the Aquatic’s Directors judgment, the Scout is not a strong enough swimmer, the badge will not be available.

 

SHOOTING SPORTS
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Archery, firearms safety, and marksmanship.
It is difficult to complete Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting merit badges in the same week due to the widely divergent methods used for aiming for each gun style. **New—extended class times! Open-Shoot times to be announced at Camp.
**RIFLE MERIT BADGE ONLY AVAILABLE TO SCOUTS 12 YEARS OLD AND OVER**
**SHOTGUN MERIT BADGE ONLY AVAILABLE TO SCOUTS 13 YEARS OLD AND OVER**

ARCHERYExternal Link: No advanced preparation, but skill helpful in use of bow & arrow. Maximum of 15 scouts per class.

RIFLE SHOOTINGExternal Link: No advance preparation, but skill with a rifle is a must. Scouts are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the requirements. Scouts must be 12+.

RIFLE SHOOTINGExternal Link—Black Powder: **Scouts must be 14+. No advance preparation, but skill with a rifle is a must. Scouts are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the requirements. This class will be using Option C.
Maximum of 8 scouts per class.

SHOTGUN SHOOTINGExternal Link: All Classes at Camp Waubeeka. No advance preparation, but skill with a shotgun is a must. Cost of Merit Badge $25.00. Scouts are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the requirements. Maximum of 10 scouts per class. Scouts must be 13+. Week 6, no 10:30am class

 

ECOLOGY
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Ecology, animals, conservation, and nature.
FACILITIES: Ecology area and exhibits, nature trails.

ASTRONOMYExternal Link: No advanced preparation. Weather conditions frequently interfere with the completion of this badge. Requires study and observation during multiple evenings.

BIRD STUDYExternal Link: No advanced preparation ~ by appointment only. Requires significant time outside of appt. hours.

CHESSExternal Link: No advanced preparation. *In Waubeeka, Chess will meet at the McIntyre Pavilion

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCEExternal Link *E: No advanced preparation. Should not be attempted by first year scouts.

FISH & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENTExternal Link: No advanced preparation. Should not be attempted by first year scouts. 

FORESTRYExternal Link: A study of trees and forest management. Requirement #5 requires visiting a managed forest approximately 15 miles from Camp which will take place Thursday. Parents must check the appropriate box on the permission slip found on page 37.

GEOLOGYExternal Link: No advanced preparation. A detailed study of Earth’s solid surface.

INSECT STUDYExternal Link: No advanced preparation ~ by appointment only. Requires significant time outside of appt. hours.

MAMMAL STUDYExternal Link: No advanced preparation.

MINING IN SOCIETYExternal Link: No advanced preparation.

NATUREExternal Link: No advanced preparation. A broad survey of a variety of types of wildlife.

REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN STUDYExternal Link: Advanced preparation - requirement #8.

SPACE EXPLORATIONExternal Link: No advanced preparation. Class fee of $20 for Rockets and Supplies.

WEATHERExternal Link: No advanced preparation.

 

**NEW** RESERVATION AREA for SAFETY and HEALTH
This new program area is located in Camp Buckskin.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESSExternal Link *E: Learning emergency procedures. Advanced preparation - requirements #1, #2(c), #8(b) can be a photograph of your kit, and #9(a,b,c). First Aid merit badge required. Only offered to Scouts who are 13 and older.

FIRST AIDExternal Link *E: Advanced preparation—Completion of knowledge for requirement #1, # 2d (First Aid Kit) and bring to Camp. Only offered to Scouts who are 12 and older. *4-5pm Waubeeka class meets at Waubeeka Office.

PUBLIC HEALTHExternal Link: Advanced preparation - #7. Only offered to Scouts who are 13 and older. Maximum of 12 scouts per class

 

HANDICRAFT
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Woodcarving, Leatherwork, Basketry, and Photography.
FACILITIES: Handicraft art, leatherwork equipment, basketry kits, and woodcarving materials.

ARTExternal Link: Advanced preparation - #6, a written report signed by parent or scoutmaster.

BASKETRYExternal Link: No advanced preparation. The Scout needs to purchase supplies for 3 kits, estimate around $25.

INDIAN LOREExternal Link: No advance preparation.

LEATHERWORKExternal Link: No advance preparation. The Scout needs to purchase kits and materials, estimate around $25.

PHOTOGRAPHYExternal Link: Advanced Preparation—#1b, must bring card to show counselor. Only offered to Scouts who are 14 and older. Maximum of 12 scouts.

SCULPTUREExternal Link: No advance preparation. Maximum of 12 scouts per class.

WOODCARVINGExternal Link: No advanced preparation, but a good carving knife is recommended. The Scout needs to purchase carving kits which cost $7.00 to $12.

 

SCOUTCRAFT

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Traveling by map & compass, knife & axe work, fire building, hiking, cooking, knots & lashings, camp gadgets, and outdoor survival. Totin’Chip, Firem’n Chit, and Paul Bunyan Woodsman are also available in this area.
FACILITIES: Model campsite, cooking area, pioneering area, and wilderness survival area.

CAMPINGExternal Link *E: Advanced preparation - requirement #9. A completed partial form from the Scoutmaster confirming 20 nights of camping and the two related activities should be brought to camp. Scouts must have a backpack with frame.

EXPLORATIONExternal Link: The newest merit badge for the BSA! No advance preparation.   Will include some hiking around camp. Only offered to scouts 12 and older.

GEOCACHINGExternal Link: Advanced preparation - #7. Badge suggested for older Scouts. Maximum of 12 scouts per class.

ORIENTEERINGExternal Link: Advanced preparation - knowledge of orienteering basics.

PIONEERINGExternal Link: No advance preparation. The pioneering project takes a considerable amount of time. Each day’s instructional period is two hours. Recommended for scouts 1st class and above.

WILDERNESS SURVIVALExternal Link: Advanced preparation - items for requirement # 5. A challenging and difficult badge involving an overnight experience in a survival shelter, held Thursday evening. Maximum of 10 scouts per class.

 

SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

FISHINGExternal Link: No advanced preparation. Scouts from both camps will meet with the Merit Badge Counselor at the Buckskin Office on Monday evening at 7pm. There they will discuss the schedule and locations to meet for the week, which will consist of at least 2 meetings at 6:30am and at least 2 meetings at 7pm. Minimal fishing equipment available at camp, strongly recommend bringing your own.

PUBLIC SPEAKINGExternal Link: Taught at the respected camp offices. No advanced preparation. Only offered to Scouts who are 14 and older. Maximum of 8 scouts per class.

 

EQUESTRIAN

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Care of horses, proper riding techniques, trail rides.
FACILITIES: Stables, corral , and pasture at the Farmhouse.

HORSEMANSHIPExternal Link: No advance preparation necessary. General study of merit badge pamphlet is suggested.
Cost of merit badge is $30.00. Classes are limited to 16 Scouts per session. Each day’s instructional period is two hours. Scouts will have to schedule one 6:30am morning of feeding the horses before breakfast - this is required for completion of requirements. Closed toed shoes must be worn every day. Riding days require  pants covering the ankles. Week 6, AM class only.

 

SUMMIT BASE

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Rope, knots, harnesses, belaying, and rappelling.

FACILITIES: 60 foot climbing tower and outdoor natural rock wall at Summit Base. Safety considerat

ions limit class size to 10 Scouts per session. Closed toed shoes required.

CLIMBINGExternal Link: No advance preparation necessary. A challenging and popular badge limited to 10 Scouts per session. Each day’s instructional period is 90 minutes.

 

IMAKANATION AREA

All badges here are only available for Scouts 14 and older that have a sincere interest in the subject. Attendance is required for Monday, and any class missed must be made up during open program to earn the badge.

Imakanation is a combination of the words imagination, making, and the theme national citizenship. The scouts at camp this year will be preparing for a world that will require innovation, practical skills, the ability to solve problems and make new ideas reality.
For safety in this area, the dress code requires non-synthetic Leather work boots and non-synthetic pants. You must bring the worksheets, merit badge pamphlet, and a water bottle.
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Practical skills, introduction to practical skills and introduction to career 
possibilities.
FACILITIES: Griffin Garage next to the horse barn. Tools, supplies, and safety equipment provided. All class sizes limited to 10 scouts per session.

ELECTRICITYExternal Link: Pre-requisites: #2, #8, #9a—bring copy of home utility/electrical bill.

HOME REPAIRSExternal Link: Requirements #2 thru #6, photos required of work completed to be handed in on first day.

WELDINGExternal Link: Requirement #7a, to be handed in on first day. Cost of merit badge is $15.00.

WOODWORKExternal Link: Pre-requisite: #7, to be handed in on first day.

**WELDING—ADVANCED**: For scouts who have already earned the badge and are interested in learning more about this fascinating trade (not a merit badge class). Cost of $15.00.

 

See also Transportation in Camp for schedule of operation of camp vehicle transportation within the reservation.

Search and RescueExternal Link: Advance preparation ‐ #54, 6a. Only offered to Scouts who are 14 and older.
Search and RescueExternal Link: Advance preparation ‐ #54, 6a. Only offered to Scouts who are 14 and older.
Search and RescueExternal Link: Advance preparation ‐ #54, 6a. Only offered to Scouts who are 14 and older.
Search and RescueExternal Link: Advance preparation ‐ #54, 6a. Only offered to Scouts who are 14 and older.
Search and RescueExternal Link: Advance preparation ‐ #54, 6a. Only offered to Scouts who are 14 and older.