Exploration Camp

During Spring, Fall and Winter Breaks - Featuring Scouts BSA Merit Badges

Exploration Camp is a fun and exciting daily program that will provide the opportunity for boys and girls, ages 11-18, to explore hobbies and educational interests during the various vacation weeks.

Topics include a variety of hobbies and interest, useful social and personal skills and more. Youth can register for full-day sessions. Pick one subject for one day or multiple days to work on multiple subjects.

Trained and qualified adult supervision is provided during all program hours at the Local Council Service Center in Modesto OR Camp McConnell in Livingston.

Class size will vary by session topic.

Lunch and an Exploration Camp water bottle will be provided for each participant.
Please indicate any special dietary restrictions or allergies in your online registration.

Daily Program - 9 am - 4:00 pm (check-in @ 8:50-9 am)

Registration is by day and session! NOT by week! Youth should pick one session per day when signing up.
$50 per full day session

Questions? - Scouts/Participants can email Exploration Camp co-Directors - Mimi Bauer- mimi.bauer@scouting.org or Michelle Behrendt- michelle.behrendt@scouting.org.

Merit Badge work is the responsibility of the Scouts, NOT the Parents. SCOUTS should be the ones emailing/calling with questions regarding Merit Badge work. Emails and Phone calls from parents will not be answered. All Scouts should CC. a parent or Unit leader in all emails.

Click here for PDF flyer for Spring Exploration Camp!

Session Dates


March 25-28 - @ GYC Service Center - Modesto, CA

March 25 March 26 March 27 March 28
Citizenship in the Community/ Citizenship in the World Citizenship in the Nation/ American Heritage Game Design Communication/ Public Speaking
Crime Prevention/ Fingerprinting Safety/ Search and Rescue Personal Management First Aid
Emergency Preparedness Climbing Environmental Science Geology

April 22-25 - @ Camp Warren McConnell - Livingston, CA

April 22 April 23 April 24 April 25
Fishing/Fly Fishing Environmental Science   Communication/ Public Speaking
Citizenship in the Community/ Citizenship in the World Citizenship in the Nation/ American Heritage Personal Management  
Emergency Preparedness Climbing Signs, Signals and Codes Geocaching/Orienteering


Fall - November 25-27, 2019

Winter - Week 1 - TBD - Likely Dec 23-27, excluding Christmas Day.

Winter - Week 2 - TBD - Likely Dec 30 - Jan 3, excluding New Years Day.

Due to the nature of our registration system, each week of Exploration Camp has a different registration link. We apologize for any frustration or inconvenience.


Class availability and Waitlist Information

Those interested in being added to the wait list for a specific session please email mimi.bauer@scouting.org with the following: Scout Name, session, and phone number.

Session Full. Session Almost Full. 


Exploration Camp Staff Information

We are in need of hourly program staff during weekdays to teach Exploration session topics.

Staff interviews are held on an ongoing basis as needed.

Email Camp Directors, Mimi Bauer and Michelle Behrendt to set up an interview.

michelle.behrendt@scouting.org; mimi.bauer@scouting.org 



****Scouts BSA members - Due to the use of Merit Badge curriculum, current registered Scouts BSA members will have the opportunity to work on completing Merit Badge requirements for the Explorations they undertake.  Merit Badge subjects can be challenging, lengthy, and technical, therefore it is not guaranteed that Scouts will complete all the requirements for a selected Merit Badge in one day.

Information about requirements not being covered as well as prerequisite needs for each session will be included in the registration and posted here as it becomes available.


This may not be a complete list. Requirements covers may change depending on the group and how the session progresses through the day.

***Completion and Partial's Information is subject to change.



American Heritage

-Req. 2 may need to be completed on own

-Req. 3c must be done on own.

-Req. 4 may need to be completed on own.

-Req. 5 may need to be completed on own.


Art Merit Badge
-Req. 6 May need to be completed outside of class. 

Photography Merit Badge

-Please bring a camera with you


Basketry Merit Badge

-Basketry projects will be started in class but may need to be completed at home, time permitting.

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge
- Req. 3, 4 or 7

- Req. 5 may not be able to complete in class

- Req. 8 may need to be done on own

Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge
-Must complete Req 2 on own.

-Must complete Req 3 on own.

Citizenship in the World Merit Badge
- May need to complete Req. 7 on own.

Climbing Merit Badge

-It is suggested the Scouts come to the session having reviewed the following climbing knots, as learning them can be time consuming and cut into climbing time: figure eight on a bight, figure eight follow through, safety knot, double fisherman’s knot and the water knot (tied with webbing.)

- Climbing can be very difficult and time consuming. It is not guaranteed that each Scout will complete all climbs, rappels and belays in the allowed. Climbing requirements can be completed at various summer camps with


Communication/Public Speaking

Communication Merit Badge
-Req. 4, 5, 7, and 8 must be completed on own.

-Req 6 may need to be completed outside of class.

Public Speaking Merit Badge
-Req. 4 may need to be completed on own.

Not all speeches may be completed in session, time permitting.


Crime Prevention Merit Badge
-Req. 2 must be completed on own.

-Req. 4 – Complete Inspection of neighborhood and checklist survey of your home for discussion during class.

-Req. 5- must be done on own.

-Req. 6 -may need to be done on own.
-Req. 7 – Must be done on own.

Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge
-Req. 1 must be completed on own.
-Req. 2c must be done with family following session.
- Req. 6 may need to be completed on own.
-Req 7a and 7b must be done on own. (7b – Troop mobilization plan)
-Req. 8b must be done on own with family. Must prepare both a personal emergency service (backpack size) pack and larger family kit (suitcase or box).


Environmental Science Merit Badge

-Time permitting Req.3e-g may need to be completed on your own.

-Req. 4 must be completed outdoors outside of class.


First Aid Merit Badge

It is preferred that Scouts are First Class rank to attend this session having learned the first aid requirements for Req. 1

Req 5a – Bring family first-aid kit to discuss with counselor. 5b must be done on own with unit.

Game Design Merit Badge

This session is lead with the idea of designing board games and card games, etc. NOT Video Game Design.
(NOT PREREQUISITE- CANNOT BE STARTED BEFOREHAND)-Req. 5, 6 and 7 - May be started in class but will undoubtedly need time to finish after the session on own.



Geocaching Merit Badge

-Req. 7 may need to be done on own.

-Req. 8 and 9 will need to be completed on own

Orienteering Merit Badge

-Req. 7, 8, 9 and 10 will need to be completed on own.


Safety Merit Badge

-Must prepare Req. 1 notebook on own.

-Req. 2a, 2b, 3b and 4 must be done with family outside of session.

-Req. 6 must be done on own.


Search and Rescue Merit Badge

-Req. 6 may need to be done on own.

Signs, Signals and Codes Merit Badge 
-cannot complete Req. 7 during session. Must be done “On a Troop Outing…”


Soil and Water Conservation

-Req. 7 must be done on own.


Traffic Safety Merit Badge
 -Req. 5 may need to be done on own.