Base Camp at Camp Geronimo is the main Scout Camp experience for any Scout who needs a merit badge. Scouts can select several merit badges to earn while at camp. A typical schedule puts them in merit badge classes that require attendance every day of the week, some classes take up two hours instead of one.
Registering for Camp: Troop or Fast Track
Traditionally Scouts attend camp with a Scout Troop, but you can also attend camp on your own as part of our Camp Geronimo Fast Track program. This is perfect for the Scout who has a troop that is not going to camp, but they want to get to summer camp. Fast Track is also a great way for a scout to get an extra week of camping, or more weeks, over the summer. More friends, more fun, more merit badges. Fast Track is a great way to go!
Sunday: Opening Campfire An opening campfire program will be held Sunday night at the campfire circle above the swimming pool. This program will be provided by the camp staff for your entertainment and enjoyment. Line up by 7:15pm! Campsites 1-15 line up at the Trading Post. Campsites 16-29 line up at the Outdoor Skills Area. Both groups will be led to the campfire site by the Order of the Arrow.
Tuesday and Wednesday Morning: Polar Bear Swim The Polar Bear Swim will be held Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 5:15am to 6:00am. Segments will be awarded to those who complete at least one Polar Bear swim.
Thursday: Listen to the Legend The Legend of the Mogollon Monster is told by the Storyteller on Thursday evening at the Spade Ranch House at 7:30pm. Camp chairs are suggested due to limited seating. Snacks are sold at Gatehouse before and after story.
Friday: Tenderfoot Run On Friday at 5:15am those who like to run, jog, or walk can attempt the run from the entrance gate at Shooting Sports back to the entrance gate at Shooting Sports. See map in site book. This will be a self-led activity. Segments will be awarded for completion of the course.
Friday: Mighty Mogi Challenge On Friday afternoon a camp-wide competition will take place between 3:00pm and 4:30pm. Starting at the Campfire Ring, a list of events will be given to each individual patrol and will consist of competitions at select program areas. Awards will be presented to patrols who complete the events. The awards ceremony will be held at the pool, prior to the grand finale. At the conclusion of the Mighty Mogi Challenge, the Scoutmaster Splash contest will be held at the pool at 4:30pm. Scoutmasters are encouraged to dress up and compete for the largest splash. (Appropriate costumes please.)
Camp Geronimo Geocaches Try one of the various Geocaches we have available at camp. See the Outdoor Skills Staff to get a coordinates sheet. We have several GPS units available for you to check out. If you have an issue with a cache, please come back and see the Outdoor Skills Staff for guidance. Once you complete the geocache, a segment is available for purchase at the Trading Post.
“I Did It All At Camp Geronimo” When you get to camp, we will give each of the leaders and Scouts a score card that lists activities to do at Geronimo, and if you do it ALL— and we mean ALL — then we will give you a cool “I DID IT ALL!” segment. I did it all is a challenge to participate in the essential activities at camp. Pick-up extra “I DID IT ALL” cards at Headquarters “I DID IT ALL” is for Youth and Adults. “I DID ENOUGH” is only for adults.
General Assemblies / Flag Ceremonies One of the great camp traditions at Camp Geronimo is the camp-wide General Assembly/Flag Ceremony. These assemblies will be your opportunity to show off your troop spirit by looking sharp in full uniform and by creating spirit yells while you are waiting for the assembly to begin. General announcements will also take place at that time. Troops will be given the opportunity to lead the morning and evening flag ceremony. Flags are mandatory for non-KP duty units. Please wear your full field uniform for camp-wide evening ceremonies.
Merit Badges at Camp Geronimo
Summer camp has traditionally been viewed as a convenient place where Scouts can earn several merit badges in a short amount of time. During their week at camp, Scouts will grow mentally, physically, and spiritually as they interact with their peers in a safe and positive environment that revolves around recreational swimming, hiking, shooting, campfires, and games. Though advancement is still integral to your summer camp experience, we encourage and offer opportunities for much more than organized lessons.
All badges will be taught based on the requirements found in the most recent edition of the BSA’s requirement book. Please check to make sure your merit badge books contain the same requirements. Units seeking to take a merit badge must pre-register Online through the registration system for our morning merit badge classes. It is the responsibility of each Scout to choose and prepare for each merit badge that they wish to take in advance of their week at camp. Prerequisites exist for many of the badges and are outlined in this guide. To prevent partials, please make sure your Scouts come to camp with these prerequisites completed and appropriate proof of completion (i.e. examples of their work or a note from their Scoutmaster). To ensure quality and safe instruction, class sizes are limited according to the number of instructors, equipment, and other factors. Our merit badges are tracked Online through the registration system. You do not need to bring blue cards with you. You will receive an electronic printout of the merit badges your Scouts have completed or not completed when you check out. You will receive instructions in your checkout packet prior to leaving camp regarding how to print your blue cards.
How do Scouts sign up for Merit Badges?: Units will sign their Scouts up for badges using the Online registration system. Units will receive an email prior to the April 15th merit badge system launch. Instructions will be provided regarding merit badge registration.
Youth Plan A: $350 with meals provided Youth Plan B: $250 with no meals provided Adult Plan A: $125 with meals provided Adult Plan B: $50 with no meals provided