The camping requirement for rank advancement

Camping is an important part of a troop program. Camping provides fun and outdoor adventure and allows Scouts to make decisions and practice leadership.

Participation in campouts is a requirement for rank advancement for First Class and below.

Here’s the official language:


One night

Second Class

Two more nights, for three total since joining

First Class

Three more nights, for six total since joining

Star, Life and Eagle

There aren’t camping requirements for Star, Life and Eagle because to become an Eagle Scout you must earn the Camping merit badge, which has its own camping requirements. Requirement 9a for the Camping merit badge states:

Camp a total of at least 20 nights at designated Scouting activities or events. One long-term camping experience of up to six consecutive nights may be applied toward this requirement. Sleep each night under the sky or in a tent you have pitched. If the camp provides a tent that has already been pitched, you need not pitch your own tent. All campouts since becoming a Boy Scout may count toward this requirement, including those used to fulfill the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.