Merit Badges

The problem isn't finding something to do, but finding time to do all you want!

There are more merit badge opportunities at Camp Barton than any Scout can possibly earn in a summer - or two or three. There will be no problem in filling your time, and if you apply yourself there's no reason you can't earn three or four badges in a week - some Scouts have earned as many as seven!

Some of these badges require work at home. If you don't complete a badge at Camp Barton, you'll be given a partial certificate which you can give to a counselor when you complete the remaining requirements. Bring a letter from your parents or your Scoutmaster, indicating that you've completed the requirements before camp, and you can earn any of these at Barton.

When it comes time to plan your week in detail, we have a daily merit badge schedule on this website.

Here's a summary of the badges we offer:


  • Camping *(9a,9c)
  • Cooking *(4)
  • Emergency Preparedness *(First Aid MB, 8b) 
  • First Aid (offered by Health Officer)
  • Fishing
  • Indian Lore
  • Orienteering
  • Pioneering
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Woodsman (not a merit badge)


  • Archeology
  • Astronomy *(3a,3b)
  • Bird Study *(7)
  • Chemistry
  • Energy
  • Environmental Science
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Insect Study
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature *(5)
  • Nuclear Science
  • Oceanography
  • Plant Science
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Space Exploration
  • Weather


  • Canoeing + @
  • Lifesaving *(Swimming MB)
  • Motorboating + @
  • Rowing @
  • Small Boat Sailing + @
  • Swimming @
  • Water-skiing $+ 
  • Water Sports
  • Non-merit badge activities:
    Introduction to Scuba
    Snorkeling BSA
    BSA Lifeguard

Shooting Sports
and Athletics

  • Archery $(for arrow kit)
  • Athletics
  • Personal Fitness
  • Rifle Shooting (must be at least 12 years old) $(ammunition)
  • Sports


  • Basketry
  • Leatherwork
  • Metalwork
  • Model Design and Building
  • Painting
  • Woodcarving
  • Woodwork
    - Note: Handicrafts badges require making a project, for which the Scout may wish to purchase a kit at the Trading Post.


*=Will need some precamp work for those requirements noted in (parenthesis).

$=May require an additional fee for materials or fuel.

+=Space may be limited. Preference given to older Scouts.

@=Badge requires demonstration of proper CPR technique. CPR certification is recommended.

Baden-Powell Council - Camp Barton, BSA

  • By mail: 
    • Council Office: Baden-Powell Council, BSA - 2150 NYS Route 12, Binghamton, NY 13901
    • During the camp season: Camp Barton, BSA - 9640 Frontenac Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886
  • By phone: 
    • Council Office:  - (607) 648-7888 - 877-674-8876 (toll free) 
    • Fax: (607) 648-7895
    • Camp phone: (607) 387-9250
  • By E-mail: 


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