Merit badges support the activities offered by San Isabel Scout Ranch. While advancement is not the purpose of summer camp, it’s a great time to continue down the Scouting trail.

To sign up for activities, you will need to: 1) be registered to attend a session of summer camp in 2021 and 2) have participant names attached to each registered activity. Beginning April 1, 2021, you will be able to sign up your Scouts for activities using the same portal used for camp registration.

Click here to get a copy of the program planner where you can have your Scouts write down on paper what they would like to do at camp prior to the April 1st sign up date.

The troop will have access to an advancement report on our registration website throughout the week to track the progress of each Scout; a complete report of all merit badges for all Scouts will be available online prior to departure on Saturday, noting completions and partials, including unfinished requirements

Available Programs


This activity provides Scouts with an opportunity to earn the BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding award in a relaxed and fun environment. We recommend this program for older Scouts, as stand up paddleboarding requires physical strength, precise balance, and coordination.

A classic boating merit badge! Canoeing is an important part of many wilderness experiences as well as an enjoyable leisure activity that teaches communication, teamwork, and physical fitness. Good physical strength and stamina are required.

This merit badge is a great way to introduce new boating skills. Scouts will learn about various types of kayaks and will be able to practice maneuvers in each.

Learn to pilot a rowboat. In addition to boat-maneuvering techniques, Scouts will develop skills in boating safety and rescues.

Cardboard Boat Race

The highlight for many at San Isabel Scout Ranch is the cardboard canoe races. Each competing troop will be given a set amount of duct tape and as much cardboard as they desire to construct the best vessel possible, manned by at least one Scout. The teams then race their boats on Wilbur Ladd Lake. Prizes are awarded for the best time and best design.

Polar Bear Plunge

With an average temperature of 45°F, Wilbur Ladd Lake will put you to the test to complete the Polar Bear Plunge. In order to earn this award, adults and youth who participate in this must take a dip in the lake during a scheduled morning time, submerse themselves completely in the water, rise up out of the water, and recite the Scout Oath and Law while standing in the water. Once completed you will be able to purchase the coveted Polar Plunge Patch.

Baden Powell Scouts

Baden-Powell Scouts is San Isabel Scout Ranch’s 1st year camper program. Lord Baden-Powell once said “…the aim of Scouting is to produce good First Class Scouts.” The Baden-Powell concept is designed for new members of Scouts BSA who are working to achieve their Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.

We recommend that Scouts participating in activities in this program area also are given the opportunity to participate in other program areas while at camp. This will give the Scout a more enjoyable and rounded experience. Summer camp should be a celebration of a great year of Scouting.


Scouts in this session should have some drawing or artistic experience. There is a lot of freedom in choosing medium and subjects for artwork.

Each Scout will weave a square basket, round basket, and stool that can be taken home.

Learn about the game of chess. This session has something to offer for people of all types. From beginners to experts, learn strategies and skills that will help you improve your chess skills.

This session is about what it takes to design games. Scouts will learn about game elements, gameplay, and game analysis. Scouts will also design a game and make a prototype.

Scouts will learn about the many different cultures, languages, religions, style of dress, and ways of life of American Indians.

Scouts will explore hand-stitching, lacing, and braiding, and learn how to preserve and protect leather items so they will last a lifetime.

Learn about the properties of metal and basic metal working techniques. Scouts must bring jeans or non-synthetic pants to wear at camp. We recommend that Scouts be at least 13 years of age in order to participate.

Scouts will learn basic safety and practical skills for carving wood. Wood Carving merit badge is not recommended for first-year Scouts, as all participants must have earned the Totin’ Chip before enrolling in the session. Additionally, some hand strength is necessary to complete the week’s projects. Throughout the week, Scouts will complete a round carving and a relief carving. Knives and other materials will be provided.


Each day, participants will go on short hikes, take field notes, and perform experiments. There is a great deal of written material, but some of it can be completed before coming to camp. We recommend that Scouts be at least 13 years of age in order to participate.

Scouts will explore the science and art of studying and managing wildlife. During the week, Scouts in this session will complete a conservation project around camp.

Nothing quite says summer camp than fishing. Scouts will learn the basic skills of caring for equipment, appropriate tools and use of them, and how to really make the best out of this awesome outdoor experience.

Scouts who have a decent understanding of how to fish with a rod and reel will enjoy the challenges fly fishing will offer. This program is recommended for older Scouts.

Scouts will explore the complexity of forest and trees and the resources they provide humans. They will also identify many species of trees and plants and the roles they play in a forest life cycle.

Scouts in this session will learn to identify gems and minerals and explore the history of rock formations, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Scouts will also learn about various energy sources, including fossil fuels and geothermal energy.

Surveying is an important trade skill and this merit badge activity will give Scouts a brief introduction into the process of it. A certain amount of math is required to complete this merit badge; it is recommended that older Scouts participate in it.

Outdoor Skills

Camping is one of the best-known parts of the Scouting movement and is an essential skill for all Scouts. This merit badge is required for Eagle.

Scouts will learn the basics of climbing and rappelling on a natural rock face. We recommend that Scouts be at least 14 years of age in order to participate. The climbing director may allow younger, more mature participants based upon his/her judgement.

Scouts will learn how to be helpful before, during, and after an emergency. Scouts must have previously earned First Aid merit badge in order to participate (this is the first requirement of Emergency Preparedness merit badge).

First aid—caring for injured or ill persons until they can receive professional medical care— is an important skill for every Scout. Scouts should bring materials for a personal first aid kit to be checked by the instructor. Scouts must have completed all first aid requirements in the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks in order to participate.

Pioneering—the knowledge of ropes, knots, and splices along with the ability to build rustic structures by lashing together poles and spars—is among the oldest of Scouting’s skills. In this session, Scouts will discover the many uses of knots, lashings, and splices and put them into practice by constructing one or more structural projects.

Scouts will learn how to make informed choices in their everyday activities and respond appropriately during emergency situations. Activities include creating a safety checklist for a home, learning about exit plans in different buildings, making an accident prevention plan, and learning how to use fire responsibly in various situations.

This unique merit badge showcases how signs, signals, and codes are used throughout our daily lives without us taking notice of them. Scouts will learn how they impact our lives, when they are the most effective, and more.

Scouts will learn how to make appropriate plans and manage risks when in the wilderness. Additionally, they will learn how to survive when things go wrong. We recommend that Scouts be at least 13 years of age in order to participate. Building a personal survival kit must be completed before coming to camp and should be sent with the Scout to camp to show to the instructor. A suggested list of what to include can be found at rockymountainscouts.org/sanisabel.

Shooting Sports

We highly recommend that Scouts be 13 years of age or older with archery shooting experience to take this merit badge. Scouts must be able to successfully draw a 22 lb. bow ten times consecutively. Scouts unable to complete this will be assisted in choosing another merit badge. Completing this badge requires a lot of time to qualify.

We highly recommend that Scouts be 13 years of age or older to take this merit badge. Scouts should have adequate strength and size to manage a ten-pound target rifle.

We require that Scouts have a minimum length of 12 inches from the interior of their forearm to the first joint of their trigger finger to take this merit badge. Scouts should have adequate strength and size to manage an 8 pound shotgun.