Special Older Scout Programs

Our older scout programs are for the Scout with a few years of camp under their belt who is looking for a little more out of Summer Camp this year. Woodruff offers four separate older scout programs appealing to a variety of interests so there is something for every Scout!

Due to the nature of these programs and difficulty of the activities, these programs are suggested for Scouts 13 or older or have completed the 8th grade.

Laurel Mountain Heritage Program

*NEW in 2024* - Woodruff Inventor (On Camp)

The Woodruff Inventor is for older scouts who love inventing and designing new things.  This program will be held in our new STEM building and scout can earn the following merit badges:

  • Inventing
  • Drafting
  • Engineering

Laurel Mountain Program (On Camp)

Designed for older scouts, the Laurel Mountain program is held in the mornings during periods 1 thru 4 (8:30 until lunch) at Kendell Crossing. The program covers the Metalwork merit badge (using our blacksmithing forge) and the Woodwork merit badge.

Woodruff News Team (On Camp)

The Woodruff News Team is designed for those scouts who want to spend the week diving into the world of fast paced journalism. In addition to working on four unique merit badges, News Team members create and publish a daily newspaper, develop video news broadcasts and create & distribute content for the Woodruff Facebook and Instagram feeds. This program takes place every day during the monring program times (8:30 till lunch). The remainder of the day, the News Team will free lance to develop content that may interest them.

Merit Badges Earned: 

  • Photography
  • Movie Making
  • Graphic Arts
  • Journalism

Woodruff Xtreme Program

Woodruff Pathfinder

The Woodruff Pathfinder program is for older Scouts who want additional outdoor challenges, both physical and mental. This program packs a lot of adventure into one week. Scouts experience advanced programs in most areas on camp including mountain biking, hiking, shooting sports, COPE & climbing as well as the thrill of rafting both the Nantahala and Ocoee rivers. Finish off the week with an overnighter on Teepee Island and you’ll find your way to a ton of adventure and maybe discover a new passion as well!

All participants must pass the swimmers test at Woodruff Scout Camp during the current season.  

Participants will spend all nights on camp. Most nights participants will stay with their troop but may elect to participate in up to two overnights to special areas of camp.

The downloadable Whitewater Express Waiver form is required for this activity.

Laurel Mountain Heritage Program


File Name Description
Whitewater Express Waiver Download