Advancement at Tomahawk is held to the same standards of Scouts BSA
and Northern Star Council. The include
LEARNING - no better place for this than at camp.
EXAMINATION - conducted by the unit leaders and staff
REVIEW - our staff can assist you in securing help for a board
RECOGNITION - If possible, plan to conduct a court of honor in
camp, Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life
badges as well as merit badges, segments, and specialty badges are
available for purchase through your Trading Post
RECORDED - turn in advancement records to your Trading Post.
To achieve successful merit badge program, Scouts must begin prior
to camp. Advanced planning will create a more effective merit badge
program in your unit. Please note that we cannot make any substitution
for merit badge requirements. Merit badges at camp are primarily
limited to those outdoor subjects best learned at camp. Qualified camp
counselors have been certified as merit badge counselors on specific
topics. The unit leader's signature on the merit badge application (a
potion of the merit badge card) indicated that the Scout has reviewed
the requirements and is qualified to begin work on the badge.
Merit Badge Blocks
Merit Badges are offered in one of the four morning blocks; A, B, C, or
D. Scouts may attend only one merit badge in a single block. Please
note that some merit badges such as Cooking Merit Badge, may take up
How Many Merit Badges?
2-3 merit badges at camp is a challenging goal for most Scouts.
NOTE: Registering for numerous merit badges may deprive a Scout
of the opportunity to participate in other camp activities. For a Scout
to get the most benefit from a summer camping experience, they need
time for many different types of activities (with their buddy, with
their patrol, troop activity, and inter-troop activity). We recommend
that Scouts use the Merit Badge Worksheets found at www.meritbadge.org
to prepare for camp.
Some merit badges require work beyond what can be completed at
camp. These are reffered to as "Start a Badge". Most work will be
completed at camp and the rest of the requirements will have to be
reviewed with a counselor after camp.
many merit badges require hours of independent work in addition
to time spent with the merit badge counselors.
Be sure that each Scout has received written proof of all
advancement completed before leaving camp. This especially applies to
those who have completed part of the requirements for a merit badge.
Scoutmasters will b provided with certification cards to indicate to
merit badge counselors those requirements completed at the campsite
(Environmental Science, Camping, etc. ). Merit Badge classes utilize
the entire scheduled time. Attendance is important. Scouts must be
willing to make a commitment for the entire scheduled class. If a Scout
knows they will miss a merit badge class, they must inform the merit
badge counselor prior to the absence to help ensure completion.
Bring a completed merit badge card
for each badge a Scout plans to take. They will need these for the
first day of class.
Merit Badge/Patch Sales:
Badge order forms will be available in the Trading Post all week
and will be distributed early in the week.
This form is not an exact order. You will return some patches.
This is an optimistic guess.
The badge order form must be handed in at the Thursday morning
round table to guarantee your order will be ready for pick up by 2 pm
on Friday afternoon. A completed advancement report will be needed for
the corresponding merit badges and rank advancements upon pick up of
your in your sub-camp trading post.
If you are a Northern star Unit and made your FOS Goal, eligible
purchases will be credited.
The order will be charged to your unit account. The order will
then be reflected on your final bill, which will be paid Saturday
morning at check out.
If you need to make any corrections you may do so on Friday
afternoon or Saturday morning at check out.
Badge returns are accepted at your sub-camp Trading Posts.