Merit Badge Description Please Note Offered When
Aquatics
Lifesaving A Scout can really hone their swimming skills and learn to handle water
front emergencies in Lifesaving. This course will guide your boys through
various rescue techniques, teaching the importance of each maneuver.
Each boy will be thoroughly tested both mentally and physically.
  •  Please bring long pants and a long sleeve T-shirt for Requirement #
  • Eagle Requirement Option
  •  1st class and higher only

8:30 - 9:30 AM

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Swimming Getting in the water is part of any fun camping experience. Scouts can
begin to master their strokes and learn about water safety. Be sure to pack
a pair of long pants to make an improvised floatation device. Limit 12
Scouts per course.
  • Please bring long pants and a long sleeve T-shirt for Requirement #
  • Eagle Requirement Option
  • Great for 1st Timers

8:30 - 9:30 AM

9:30 - 10:30 AM

1:30 - 2:30 PM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Climbing Tower
Climbing Reach the heights of adventure with our climbing program. Learn basic
safety and rope work necessary for a successful climb. Participants also get
to experience our climbing wall and natural rock surface. Truly a HIGH
adventure. Limit 12 Scouts per course.
  •  This is a 3 hour block of time in either the morning or theafternoon. There is a $20 fee for this Merit Badge.
  •  Must be 13 years by the start of your week at camp

8:30 - 11:30 AM

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Handicraft
Basketry Learning a new craft is a fun and useful. Create 3 projects and learn
history of this ancient art. Registration for this badge will require an
additional $25.00 to cover the costs of kits and supplies that will be
distributed the first day of the program. Additional projects may also be
purchased in the Trading Post.
  • Great for First Timers

8:30 - 9:30 AM

9:30 - 10:30 AM

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Leatherwork Leatherwork is a beautiful craft. Horse saddles and cowboy boots are just
two examples of wonderful designs made from this tough material. Learn
to stamp and sew together your very own leather projects. You could take
home a souvenir made by YOU! Registration for this badge will require an
additional $20.00 to cover the costs of kits and supplies that will be
distributed on the first day of program. Additional projects will also be
available in the trading post.
  • Great for First Timers

1:30 - 2:30 PM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Pottery Making something with your hands is a great experience. In Pottery class,
Scouts will learn about the composition of clay, different pot types, and
they will get the satisfaction of throwing and firing their very own pot!
Please bring $15.00 to cover the cost of clay and supplies that will be
available the first day. Additional supplies can be purchased through the
Trading Post .
  • Great for First Timers

8:30 - 9:30 AM

9:30 - 10:30 AM

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Woodcarving Create your own neckerchief slide with the skills you will learn in Wood
Carving. You will learn the differences between wood samples and which
type is best for different types of projects. To cover the cost of wood
carving project kits, please bring $5. Supplies will be available the first day
of class. Additional project supplies will be available at the Trading Post . 
  • Great for First Timers

1:30 - 2:30 PM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Health Lodge
First Aid The ability to help other people at all times is fully realized once a Scout
commits to earning his First Aid Merit Badge. This badge equips a Scout
with the knowledge needed to save lives. Limit 12 per course. 
  • Eagle Requirement
  • 1st Class Recommended

8:30 - 9:30 AM

9:30 - 10:30 AM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Emergency Preparedness In this merit badge, scouts will learn what it takes to keep themselves and
their families safe in an emergency. Scouts learn how to prepare and
respond to emergency situations and how to prevent potential dangerous
situations. Each scout will also need to participate in a demonstration
period at 7:00 pm in order to complete the merit badge.
  • Note: Requirements 6c, 7, 8, and 9 will not be completed at camp.
  • Eagle Requirement

10:30 - 11:30 AM

1:30 - 2:30 PM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Horse Corral
Horsemanship This course centers around the care and maintenance of the horse. Scouts
will learn about different breeds along with their strengths and
weaknesses. Grooming and hoof care is another skill that is acquired.
Finally, each Scout will have the opportunity to try their hand at riding a
horse to complete the requirements and earn this challenging badge. 
  • $40 program fee applies & space is limited.

8:30 - 10AM

10:30 - Noon

1:30 - 3PM

Nature
Astronomy For those who know they are part of something much bigger in our
galaxy, Astronomy will let them explore the heavens. Campers will
learning about the constellations, planetary bodies, and finding their
way using the stars! Scouts will also participate in a Star Party and
show off their newly learned skills of identifying the heavens. 
  • Will require participation in evening program

8:30 - 9:30 AM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Plant Science This course breaks down the plant life cycle. Scouts will learn how to
identify plants and important factors in surrounding areas needed for
growth and reproduction. 
  • Note: Option 1, 2 or 3 cannot be completed at Camp.

9:30 - 10:30 AM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Environmental Science Gain a better grasp on the world around you when you take
Environmental Science. Scouts conduct experiments to better understand
our impact on the world. They also study our high desert habitat and
investigate an endangered species of their choice Note: This is a two hour
block of course time.
  • Eagle Requirement
  • 1st class or higher only

8:30 - 10:30 AM

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Forestry Our nation’s forests are part of our wealth. Come and learn more about
how we manage this vital resource. Learn about and use tools of the trade
to take core samples and estimate the height of trees. Learn first hand
with a visit from the caretaker of our managed forest right on the Gorham
Scout Ranch. Note: Bring a small notebook to keep your tree-log for the
week.
 

10:30 - 11:30 AM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Geology Geology is all around us at GSR. Take some time and learn how this
beautiful valley was created. In this course, Scouts will learn the principles
of Geology and the natural history of our little corner of the globe. Scouts
will also help in a conservation project to prevent soil erosion.
 

9:30 - 10:30 AM

1:30 - 2:30 PM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Nature Nature Merit Badge is a wonderful introduction to the world in the out-ofdoors.
If you are looking for a course that has it all, this is the one for you.
Scouts can study birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders,
plants, and soil and rocks that can be found at GSR. It is everything you
want in a great merit badge.
  • Great for First Timers

8:30 - 9:30 AM

10:30 - 11:30 AM

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Soil and Water Conservation The importance of learning how our society can help conserve water is
growing everyday as our population grows. Scouts will learn how to
identify areas of GSR that are currently helping to control erosion and conserve water draining. These skills will translate throughout the
outdoors and will help the Scouts plan outdoor activities with a
conservation mind. 
 

8:30 - 9:30 AM

10:30 - 11:30 AM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Scoutcraft
Backpacking This badge is for the future high adventurer! Scouts learn the skills and
knowledge needed to carry it all on their backs. Hands-on demonstrations
prepare Scouts to pack their gear for a 4 mile training hike and overnight
trip. Note: Scouts should Be Prepared with a backpack, rain gear, sleeping
bag, small tarp, water bottle(s), and additional camp gear that they would
normally carry on a camping trip. Stoves and cookware, not tableware
(fork, knife, spoon, etc.), will be provided.
  • Note: Requirements 6b, 8c, 8d, 9b, 10, 11a, 11b, 11c cannot be completed at or before camp.
  • Please bring a backpack in-order to complete requirements
 
Camping Scouting is about getting out there and Camping is how it is done. Scouts
will master many of the essential camping skills necessary to good outdoor
experiences. They will even get the chance to test their skills on an outpost
overnight camping trip at our primitive camping site. A pack is advised but
not required.
  • Note: requirements 8d, 9a, 9b cannot be finished at camp.
  • Eagle Requirement
  • 1st Class Recommended

10:30 - 11:30 AM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Signs, Signals and Codes This is a new merit badge in 2015 and new to Gorham Scout Ranch. Scouts
will have the opportunity to learn different communication methods, uses,
and their importance. These skills include Morse Code, American Sign
Language, Semaphore and Braille. Scouts will also have the opportunity to
learn about cryptography and create their own codes.
 

10:30 - 11:30 AM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Indian Lore The area surrounding GSR abounds with the cultures of many different
native groups. The unique merging of Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache
ancestral lands provides our camp the opportunity to study these groups
through our Indian Lore program. Scouts will study traditional and modern
cultural traits while working to create authentic replica clothing to
complete the badge. Cost of supplies for Indian Lore will be $15. Additional
projects are available at the Trading Post. 
  • Great for First Timers

9:30 - 10:30 AM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Orienteering Finding your way with a map and compass has always been a part of the
Scouts’ skill set. Orienteering helps Scouts better understand the lay of the
land and gives them the skills to find their way in the wilderness. Scouts
should be prepared by bringing a personal compass so they learn with the
tool they will ultimately be using. N
  • Second Class or higher recommended

8:30 - 9:30 AM

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Geocaching Are you pretty good with a Global Positioning System? Do you have a lot of
Scouting patches or small trinkets? Geocaching brings small items from
around the world to your fingertips to trade! Learn how to use coordinates
to find some modern day treasure. Using the log, you can track items from
around the world. But remember, if you take something, you have to leave
something
 

10:30 - 11:30 AM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Pioneering Rope and timber construction is a skill set that hails from the earliest
pioneers of the American frontier. Pioneering allows Scouts to use the
rope skills that they learned on the trail to first class in new and exciting
ways. In the course, a Scout might build a Monkey Bridge or a Signaling
Tower. He will learn splicing and rope throwing. He will master his own
Pioneering spirit in the process. The supplies for the individual projects
will be available the first day, please bring $8 to cover the cost of the
supplies. 
  • 1st Class or Higher Recommended
  • This class is a 2 hour block of time

8:30 - 10:30 AM

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Wilderness Survival Wilderness Survival teaches Scouts how to handle emergency survival
situations. Scouts will be engaged with real scenarios that will require them
to put into practice the skills they have learned. Top it off with a night spent
in a shelter of their own creation and a Scout comes home a little more
prepared for what is out there. Be prepared with a ground cloth, sleeping
bag, water bottle and flash light. 
  • Requirement 5 cannot be completed at camp.

9:30 - 10:30 AM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Shooting Sports
Archery The bow and arrow has been a sport of kings and common folk
alike. Scouts will learn not only the skill of firing the bow, but also how to
construct a bow string and arrow from scratch. If a Scout practices hard, he
may qualify for the badge. 
  •  Note: Please consider scheduling "Open Shoot" to allow for a better chance at qualifying.
  • $15.00 fee applies for materials. 

8:30 - 10AM

10:30 - Noon

1:30 - 3PM

3:30 - 5PM

Rifle Sport shooting is a lot of fun. Scouts learn the right way to handle firearms
and the safety that must be in practice on the range. With good practice,
Scouts can train to be able to qualify for the badge
  •  Note: Please consider scheduling "Open Shoot" to allow for a better chance at qualifying.
  • $15.00 fee applies for materials. 

8:30 - 10AM

10:30 - Noon

1:30 - 3PM

3:30 - 5PM

Shotgun If you are looking for a challenge, look no further. Shotgun shooting is
tough, but its great fun. Learn how to properly use these firearms and the
safety that must be in practice on the range. Lots of practice shooting clay
pigeons is a must if you hope to qualify. You can do it! 
  •  Note: Please consider scheduling "Open Shoot" to allow for a better chance at qualifying.
  • $40.00 fee applies for materials. 

8:30 - 10AM

10:30 - Noon

1:30 - 3PM

3:30 - 5PM

 

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