Merit Badges

Build your own summer adventure. Woodruff Scout Camp is the perfect place to knock out your Merit Badge requirements. The Woodruff staff is here to help you achieve your goals and have fun at the same time.

All of our merit badge classes are listed below by camp area.

Eagle-Required Merit Badges are listed in bold. Pre-requisites and additional costs are listed in parentheses.


With the equipment and facilities at Woodruff, Scouts can participate in many aquatics activities that otherwise might not be available through their regular troop program. Activities include Swimming Lessons, Mile Swim, Paddle Boarding, Open Boating and Swimming, BSA Lifeguard, and the Merit Badges listed below:

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Lifesaving
  • Motorboating
  • Rowing
  • Small Boat Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Sports
  • Whitewater (Requires Kayaking MB or Kayaking BSA. Subject to $50 fee if 2nd off-site activity)

COPE / Climbing

A Scout is brave, for many Scouts, an important act of bravery is climbing and rappelling down the tower at summer camp. Scouts at Woodruff have the opportunity to climb and rappel on our fifty-foot tower during Open Climb and in the process of earning their Climbing merit badge.

  • Climbing

Life Skills

The Life Skills area focuses on merit badges that help prepare Scouts to live the Scout Oath and Law and to “Be Prepared”. Offering many Eagle required merit badges, Life Skills is a key destination for Scouts looking to move down their trail to Eagle during their stay at Woodruff.

  • American Cultures
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communication
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • First Aid
  • Personal Fitness


Scouting has always taken place in the outdoors. The nature area houses some of Scouting's oldest merit badges and helps our Scouts appreciate the natural world around them.

  • Archeology
  • Bird Study
  • Environmental Science
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mining in Society
  • Plant Science
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Weather

Outdoor Skills

Outdoor Skills offers merit badges at the heart of Scouting’s outdoor program. In addition to traditional outdoor skills our offerings also include skills that excite modern camping enthusiasts.

  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Cycling
  • Geocaching
  • Exploration
  • Orienteering
  • Pioneering
  • Signs, Signals and Codes
  • Wilderness Survival

Shooting Sports

Sharp-shooting Scouts will feel right at home on our three professionally-run shooting ranges. Certified instructors run open shooting times and teach merit badge classes on each of our ranges.

  • Archery
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Shotgun Shooting


The STEM area is all about innovation. Scouts excited by science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be able to build robots, design games and learn about new technological fields in this area.

  • Astronomy
  • Chess
  • Digital Technology
  • Game Design
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Space Exploration 

Studio Arts

For those Scouts feeling creative, Woodruff offers a number of merit badges that should inspire new talents. Mack Mountain Studio is the hub of all creative projects from art and sculptures to short films created during Summer Camp.

  • Art
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Basketry 
  • Fingerprinting
  • Graphic Arts
  • Journalism
  • Leatherwork
  • Moviemaking
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Sculpture
  • Textile
  • Wood Carving