Nature (Conservation/Ecology)

Camp Barton's wooded setting between two gorges along the shore of beautiful Cayuga Lake offers a great opportunity for Nature study (officially "Conservation/Ecology", but that's sure a mouthful!). Birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians of all kinds can be found in Barton's hills, woods, fields and streams.


The Camp Barton Nature Trail will take you around the camp, and the dark skies far from cities are full of stars (well, when they're not full of clouds - this IS upstate New York, after all). The area's resources only add to the experience - for Bird Study, we're just a short drive from the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the head of Cayuga Lake or the internationally known Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University; for Geology, there's fossil hunting not at Portland Point across the lake; for Environmental Science, there are varied habitats of all kinds.

Barton offers the following Conservation/Ecology merit badges:

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

* Requirements in parenthesis cannot be earned at camp. Scouts are encouraged to complete these requirements before camp, and to bring a note from their parents or other proof of completion.


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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