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 2022 and 2) have participant names attached to each registered activity. Beginning April 28, 2022, you will be able to sign up your Scouts for activities using the same portal used for camp registration. Units that have paid the at 100% of camp fees will receive early access to activity registration on April 20, 2022.

Click here to get a copy of the Scout Schedule Planner where you can have your Scouts write down on paper what they would like to do at camp prior to the April 28th 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. All Polar Plunge participants will be recognized at the closing campfire on Friday evening.

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.

Discover the talents and tools of what it takes to work in television and movies. Scouts will not only spend time learning about how’s of the industry, but will also enjoy spending time putting together their own production which could include a short film, a TV broadcast, or an online stream.

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.


Scouts will learn how activities in space affect our own planet and will bear witness to the wonders of the night sky: the moon, planets, galaxies, meteor showers, and a dazzling array of stars. Scouts participating in this merit badge should plan to attend the Star Party Tuesday evening.

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.

As Scouts, we consider ourselves good stewards of the natural world. In this merit badge Scouts will learn the impact of our actions when it comes to pollution, wildfires, floods, as well as simple actions we can all take to help protect our planet.

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.

Star Party

For those interested in getting out and looking at the stars once a week we hold a Star Party in the meadow (pending weather). Enjoy one another’s company, a nice snack from our mobile trading post, and the beautiful Rocky Mountain night sky. Scouts participating in the Astronomy merit badge will be expected to attend a special star gazing activity that will be adjacent to the Star Party.

Fishing Competition

Come show off your fishing skills during this afternoon open time activity! The longest fish caught during the assigned time will win a special prize. We will have a prize for the longest fish caught by a Scout and a separate prize for the longest caught by an adult.

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.

As Scouts it is important to be aware of the abilities and disabilities of those around us. Oftentimes what can seem like a simple task to one is difficult for another. Scouts working on this merit badge will have their eyes opened to understand to difficulty many of our fellow Scouts experience with visible and invisible disabilities.

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. 

Totin’ Chip

Scouts who wish to be able to carry a pocketknife and use other wood tools must earn this award. This activity will be available during open time for Scouts to be able to sign up and attend.

Paul Bunyan Award

Once a Scout has earned their Totin’ Chip, they may work on earning the Paul Bunyan Award which introduces Scouts to new wood tools such as loppers, mcleods, and hatchets. A 2-hour conservation project is required to complete the award.

Dutch Oven Cookoff

Come prepared to show off your cooking skills at the Dutch Oven Cookoff! Dishes will be judged on presentation, and most importantly, taste. Each participant will be responsible for providing their own supplies for cooking including food.

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.

Black Powder Experience

Older Scouts can be given the opportunity to participate in this unique experience where they will be able to fire a muzzle loading rifle with the assistance of our trained staff.

Additional Activities

For many years San Isabel Scout Ranch has offered the Cuerno Verde Classic as a single day challenge for troops to compete against one another in a variety of games. This year the Cuerno Verde Classic will be a series of activities that occur over the course of your week at camp. Troops will score points based on their participation and successful completion of the activities. A schedule of the activities can be found on our website.

Older and more experienced Scouts who are interested in participating in a more thrilling summer camp experience can sign up to attend Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base as it has moved to San Isabel Scout Ranch. This means that your entire troop of Scouts, from the youngest to the oldest, can come to San Isabel Scout Ranch and participate in activities suited for them.

For more details on how to handle registration, please contact our office.

Wednesday evening, members of the Tupwee Lodge will be available to hold a call out ceremony for those who have been elected to join the Tupwee Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. To participate in this call out ceremony, please speak with our program director at camp upon arrival.

Troops from outside of the Rocky Mountain Council may also have Scouts called out for the Order of the Arrow. To do so, the troop leader should bring an official letter with the names of the candidates signed by your local council Scout Executive or the local Lodge Advisor.

Tupwee Lodge cannot perform elections for your troop while at camp.

One of the most picturesque views from San Isabel Scout Ranch is Dome Rock. Tuesday and Thursday morning all troops are invited to join us for a sunrise hike beginning at 4:45am. From the top of Dome Rock you will be able to look east across the beginning of the Great Plains. Be sure to bring your camera! You won’t want to forget the view.

Troops are invited to participate in a Troop Shoot, where your troop will have the entire range to yourselves. Limited slots are available so please sign up in advance through our website.

We’re used to climbing during the day, so the Twilight climb lets you see camp in a completely different way. Troops must sign up as a whole to participate in the activity so be sure to sign up for this activity through our website.

All attending San Isabel Scout Ranch will have the opportunity to raft the Arkansas River with experienced river guides from Echo Canyon River Expeditions. After receiving training from their certified river guides, your troop will join them for a morning or afternoon of exciting – often wet – whitewater rafting.

Your troop will need to provide transportation to Echo Canyon’s office in Canon City, CO, approximately 2 hours away from San Isabel Scout Ranch. Scouts must be accompanied by an adult leader to provide supervision while on the water. BSA swim checks are not required for participation. No minimum age required. Pre-payment with Echo Canyon River Expeditions is required to guarantee slots. More information to come!

Leader Specific Activities

Adult leader training which outlines the procedure for organizing BSA climbing and rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

Often times when a new patrol or troop is formed, or even a new person joins our troop, it takes time to integrate them. And that’s normal! But by using some simple games from COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) we can break down those barriers and come together.

A course in basic adult and child CPR/AED will be offered for leaders. This is a vital certification to hold, especially when going on outings with Scouts.

Designed to sharpen camping and other outdoor skills so that leaders can deliver the outdoor portion of the Scouting program. IOLS is required for new Scoutmasters and assistants to be considered “Trained”. The course prepares leaders to teach the outdoor skills that Scouts need for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. This course is also highly recommended for troop committee members, Webelos leaders, and leaders of Venturing crews. Please sign up for this training prior to arriving at camp.

Learn what it takes to safely operate aquatic programs within your troop. These are 2 separate trainings that will be taught in a single session.

Loving to serve is the biggest reason we all Scout. And there are plenty of opportunities to serve at camp in 2021.With small and large projects needing extra hands, we can always use with painting structures, repairing tents and tent platforms, and additional assistance with instruction during merit badge activities.

If you are interested in providing specific service at camp, please let camp administration know prior to arriving. If you are willing to help generally, we would love to have your assistance as well.