Tahquitz Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2024!

We are very excited and looking forward to this summer camp 2024 at Tahquitz!  You can easily access registration here.

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2024 Summer Camp Dates

Session 1 Session 2Session 3Session 4
June 30 – July 6 July 7 – July 13 July 14 – July 20 July 21 – July 27


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Tahquitz Pricing 2024* Youth AdultYouthAdult
 In Council Out of CouncilIn Council Out of Council
Commissary or Patrol Dining$ 495 $ 515$ 325$ 345

*We reserve the right to adjust pricing prior to event if economic conditions dictate
*Registrations made after 5/1/2024 will incur a $10 per person increase in above pricing
*Troops that register for camp within two weeks of requested camp session will have a late surcharge of $15.00 per person.

Leader’s Guide

Our leader guide is now interactive on Google. Please click here to view the most current guide, updated 2/1/24.

2024 Merit Badge List

*Merit badges are subject to change

Outdoor SkillsNature CenterCraft LodgeShooting Sports
PioneeringNature LeatherworkingRifle 
First AidGeologyWoodworking 
 Environmental ScienceArtWrangler
AquaticsSoil & Water Conserv.ChessAnimal Science
SwimmingMammal Study Horsemanship
Lifesaving STEM 
RowingHigh AdventureRobotics 
KayakingSearch & RescueGame Design 
 Wilderness Survival  
Outdoor Skills
PioneeringKnots, lashings, and a proficiency with rope are among the skills Scouts are known for. Pioneering goes over these very skills. Learning all fashion of knots, using all fashion of lashings to build structures, and learning about general knot care and techniques are things Scouts can expect to learn taking the Pioneering merit badgehttps://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/pioneering/
ExplorationA science-based merit badge about exploration, both in the lab and in the field. Adventurous Scouts should find themselves right at home in this merit badge class. Engaging discussion to prepare for a trek they take later on in the week for an exploration subject of their choice, the experience of the Scouts is decided by the Scouts.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/exploration/
CampingCamping merit badge goes over all the necessary steps when planning a camping trip, on and beyond just the tent pitching and cooking. Forward planning, equipment knowledge, and an appreciation for outdoor adventures are all contained within this Eagle required merit badge.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/camping/
First AidFirst Aid merit badge sets a strong basis for what possibly injuries a First Responder could possibly encounter, and the best course of action at approaching such injuries. A highly important merit badge for any Scout to take, and sets the basis for much of the Scouting program.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/first-aid/
NatureBiodiversity, nature’s hierarchy, and environmental awareness are the main topics covered in the Nature Merit Badge. Scouts will be taught much in each of these topics and complete educational activities to further their learning. This badge gives scouts a baseline level of knowledge to be a jumping off point into other ecological interests.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/nature/
WeatherMeteorology is the study of Earth’s atmosphere and its weather and the ways in which temperature, wind, and moisture act together in the environment. In addition to learning how everyday weather is predicted, Scouts can learn about extreme weather such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, and how to stay safe.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/weather/
ForestryIn working through the Forestry Merit Badge, Scouts will explore the remarkable complexity of a forest and identify many species of trees and plants and the roles they play in a forest’s life cycle.They will also discover some of the resources forests provide to humans and come to understand that people have a very large part to play in sustaining the health of forests.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/forestry/
GeologyThe Geology Merit Badge gives a good understanding of eather history, geological formations and their identification. Scouts will participate in eduatinment activites including walks and a lab experiment to help with the understanding of these topics.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/geology/
Environmental ScienceEnvironmental Science is a wide spanning topic that is majorly important to being aware in society today. Scouts will learn about pollution, its impact on ecosystems, species endangerment, conservation efforts, and environmental recovery. The Environmental Science Merit Badge is very information dense, it requires attention and willingness to earn this badge. To assist scout’s understanding there are experiments, observation of nature and visual aids that are interwoven into each merit badge lesson.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/environmental-science/
Soil and Water ConservationConservation is an important action that all people should learn about and participate in. It affects life in and outside of civilization as well as the health of the planet. The Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge will have scouts learning about the earth’s resources, how they are managed, conservation practices and they will also participate in conservation efforts at Camp Tahquitzhttps://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/soil-and-water-conservation/
Mammal StudyThe Mammal Study Merit Badge is a simple introductory badge into nature studies. It goes over baseline knowledge of the animal kingdom, mammal identification and definition, as well as some nature observation practices.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/mammal-study/
Craft Lodge
LeatherworkThe Leatherwork merit badge gives Scouts insight into what the leather working process is, the history of the leather, and gives Scouts an opportunity o try their hand at a leatherworking project. (Note: Kits are available for purchase at the Trading Post)https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/leatherwork/
BasketryThe Basketry merit badge is a fantastic introductory badge to craftwork. The badge covers various basketry weaves, and has the Scouts practice this by making their own basketry projects. (Note: Kits are available for purchase at the Trading Post)https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/basketry/
Wood CarvingThe Wood Carving merit badge helps teach scouts about wood-carving safety, tools, and techniques, and lets them show what they learned with a hands-on wood-carving project. (Note: Kits are available for purchase at the Trading Post)https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/wood-carving/
WoodworkingThe Woodworking merit badge is a step up from the Wood Carving Merit Badge. Here, scouts will go into a deeper understanding of tools and safety precautions. Scouts will also create their own Woodworking project, starting at the drawing board and ending up with a masterpiece.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/woodwork/
ArtScouts will be able to let their creative juices run wild with the Art Merit Badge. The merit badge focused on two-dimensional art, but touches in all art forms. Class material covers a variety of material to build Scouts understanding and appreciate of art, in any form it may be in.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/art/
ChessThe Chess Merit Badge is great for Scouts who enjoy forward thinking and careful planning. This merit badge will teach Scouts about the strategies and rules of chess, and give Scouts an opportunity to practice by facing their instructor and fellow scouts. Chess on!https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/chess/
Shooting Sports
Rifle ShootingThe Rifle Shooting merit badge is a course that teaches the fundamentals of safe gun handling and beginner friendly rifle shooting techniques. This merit badge is a great opportunity for a Scout to learn how to be safe and respectful with firearms in a broad context.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/rifle-shooting/
Shotgun ShootingShotgun Shooting is more dynamic than Rifle Shooting in that the target is no longer stationary and is flying fast through the air. Scouts that don’t have the arm strength to hold the shotgun might encounter more difficulty with earning the skill proficiency requirement of this merit badge. In addition to Rifle Shooting, this merit badge course is a wonderful opportunity for a Scout to learn how to be safe and respectful with firearms in a broad context.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/shotgun-shooting/
ArcheryThe Archery merit badge covers the basics of archery and how to safely use a bow and arrow. This is the most physically strenuous of the shooting sports merit badges, given it requires physical strength to both draw the bow but also to hold it while aiming. Younger scouts may encounter difficulty with the shooting proficiency requirement of the merit badgehttps://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/archery/
High Adventure
ClimbingThe Climbing merit badge sets the foundation for the majority of Scouting’s High Adventure programs. This merit badge covers the knots and gear required to perform such activities, and challenges the scout to participate in several climbs and rappels, as the participant and belayer, to get a taste for what this sport entails.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/climbing/
Search & RescueSearch and rescue operations require a trained and coordinated team to quickly help a lost individual. This merit badge class covers the terminology and techniques used by S&R teams, including a mock scenario for the Scouts to practice what they learned.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/search-and-rescue/
Wilderness SurvivalWith all of the outdoor activities within Scouting, being prepared for the unexpected is a running theme. Wilderness Survival prepares Scouts for the possibility of getting lost in the outdoors, and how to maintain calm and act appropriately should they find themselves in this situation. A fan favorite badge for most campers.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/wilderness-survival/
RoboticsAs an interdisciplinary merit badge, scouts will use their engineering talent to design and construct robots that perform simple tasks of their choosing, then practice their programming skills to allow their creations to act autonomously. Scouts will also learn the history of robots from past to present as well as see a glimpse of the future of robotics as a career choice.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/robotics/
ElectronicsIn this merit badge, scouts will gain fundamental knowledge of how to design and prototype electronic circuits, learn how to read number values in binary and hexadecimal, and what career opportunities are available for this discipline.https://www.scouting.org/merit-badges/electronics/