Our camp is chock full of great programs for you to enjoy. We're passionate teachers who enjoy sharing our knowledge and experience with every Scout that passes through our gates. Take a look at the areas and activities above; we've got a whole lot of activities for you to choose from. We'd like to make sure that you get the chance to try something new, learn to trust in yourself, and have fun while you're at camp. With so many different opportunities, it can be pretty hard to choose what you want to do. Make sure to talk with your adult leaders to find out what merit badges you need to advance along the trail to Eagle; don't forget to leave time for fun activities though!
At the Aquatics area here at Ransburg we have sailboats, rowboats, wake boards, great swimming areas, and plenty more great equipment for you to use. We also have ski boats and motorboats to be used during merit badges. Take a look at the programs we offer above. Aquatics is a happening place to be!
Please Remember:CPR may be able to be completed depending on availability of a CPR instructor.
Shoes that can get wet are required for scouts wishing to use any boating equipment, this includes the merit badges.
While there may be opportunity during the camping week to pass the first and second class requirements of Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges they will not be part of MB instruction.
Scouts taking an Aquatics merit badge are encouraged to complete CPR and First Aid before coming to camp. It will not be part of the merit badge instruction.
Swimming Merit Badge
All Scouts wishing to take Swimming Merit Badge must successfully complete the swimmer's test. In this merit badge learn effective swimming technique including the front crawl, and sidestroke. You will also learn how to dive and retrieve objects on the bottom of the lake using a surface dive! If you don't manage to pass the swim test, come join us in Instructional Swim. Our counselors would be very happy to help you learn to swim better!
Lifesaving Merit Badge
You'll need to have finished Swimming Merit Badge to take Lifesaving; you'll need to be prepared to swim 400 total yards with 50 yards each of front crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. In this badge you will learn the skills needed to save a person who is in need of assistance, by learning how to do swimming and throwing rescues among many others!
Rowing Merit Badge
Pass the swimmer's test and come on down to learn how to pivot, backwater, and re-board in deep water! Did we mention that you get to practice your skills in swamping a boat? Be prepared to get wet!
Canoeing Merit Badge
Once you've passed your swimmer's test, you're all set get started in Canoeing Merit Badge. You'll learn how to identify different parts of your canoe, move a swamped canoe to shallow water and un-swamp it, and maneuver your canoe effectively. By the end of the week you will be prepared to take on your fellow scouts in a race around the bay!
- Small Boat Sailing
Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge
If you can pass your swimmer's test, you can come out and sail our Sunfish. Sailing is a rewarding experience for Scouts to learn a special skill. Learn how to rig a sail, and navigate a sail boat. Of course, you'll also learn how to take care of a capsized sail boat, a great way to float around in the lake!
- Motor Boating
Motorboating Merit Badge
You'll need to be 13 or older and pass your swimmer's test to join us in the motor boats. We'll teach the methods for safe operation of small motor boats and have a great time out on the open water! Motor Boating Merit Badge is a great excuse to see Lake Monroe in all it's glory!
- Water Sports
Water Sports Merit Badge
You'll need some experience water skiing or wake-boarding to get the most of this merit badge. Join us out on the lake in one of our new ski boats to enjoy learning skills to wake-board or ski better! Because time is limited, it is suggested that you can already ski when you get to camp. There is a $10 fee and a requirement that you be 13 or older to take this merit badge. You'll also need to pass your swimmer's test.
- Instructional Swim
A great place to learn how to swim better. We really enjoy working with you to help you be the best swimmer possible! Instructional Swim focuses on an immersive and fun experience for anyone looking to become a swimmer.
- Mile Swim
Mile Swim Award
As a requirement to obtain the Mile Swim Award BSA you will need to participate in the conditioning throughout the week down at Aquatics. Be down at the waterfront every day to participate in conditioning, and on the final day you will be swimming the full mile.
- Open Programs
Aquatics Open Programs
We offer open boating, swimming, and kayaking during the late afternoon. Come on down to the waterfront to enjoy some fun in the sun!
The Ecology Area of Ransburg offers sixteen different merit badges from Astronomy to Weather to the Centennial Tracking Merit Badge. There are merit badges for Scouts of all ages and experiences. Ecology is the Conservation Center for the Camp, so any troops wishing to work on a conservation project can come here. The area is also the host area for the Order of the Arrow program at Ransburg.
- Environmental Science
Environmental Science Merit Badge
Environmental Science is an Eagle Required Merit Badge. It is strongly recommended that scouts younger than age 13 do not take this course. Interactions within ecosystems, pollution, and methods of conservation are topics emphasized for this merit badge. The week will include several science experiments and a conservation project. Requirements 3e and 4 are prerequisites.
Nature Merit Badge
Nature is only offered Monday through Wednesday, giving scouts the opportunity to attend Mammal Study Merit Badge on Thursday and Friday during the same time slot. The Nature merit badge provides a simple introduction to a wide variety of ecology related subjects. The topics covered in Nature will focus on various aspects of relationships between plants, animals, environments, weather, and soil.
- Mammal Study
Mammal Study Merit Badge
Mammal Study is offered only on Thursday and Friday. Many scouts choose to take this course during the same time slot as Nature which is only offered Monday-Wednesday. Note that requirement number 3 is a prerequisite for this course. Along with learning distinctions and classifications of mammals, highlights of this class include hands-on interaction with mammals and an animal conservation project.
Astronomy Merit Badge
Astronomy teaches Scouts about the solar system, universal principles, and the history of the science. Scouts will learn the stories behind many of the constellations as well as how to identify them. A night hike is required but will be done as a class. Requirement 6 is a prerequisite that cannot be completed at camp.
Weather Merit Badge
Scouts will learn about what weather is, what causes it, and how people are affected by it. They will have a chance to learn about different climates throughout the world, and how these climates affect life in those areas.
Archaeology Merit Badge
This merit badge is an excellent introduction into the field of archaeology. In it, Scouts will have the chance to learn about human civilization, how artifacts are used to learn about extinct cultures, make cave drawings, and even participate in their own archaeological dig! Requirements 4 and 5 cannot be completed at camp.
- Soil and Water Conservation
Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge
Soil and Water conservation includes the topics of soil types, preventing erosion, the water cycle, and preventing water pollution. A conservation project is carried out at camp to complete this merit badge.
Forestry Merit Badge
In Forestry, Scouts will discuss proper forest care and maintenance, the uses of a forest, and what could happen to an ill-managed forest ecosystem. They will also learn about plant and tree identification and career paths in the field of forestry, and make their own forestry notebook.
Chemistry Merit Badge
The Chemistry merit badge offers an introduction to everyday chemistry. In addition to discussions on chemical safety and pollution, many different topics are explored through hands-on experiments.
- Fish and Wildlife Management
Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge
Fish and Wildlife Management is a merit badge that emphasizes the importance of the preservation of the natural habitats for our wildlife. This merit badge includes a conservation project that will be done at camp during the week.
Geology Merit Badge
Along with learning the history and purpose of geology, Scouts will get a peek into the origins of the Earth! Scouts will learn how to read a geological map and identify different rock types.
Energy Merit Badge
Topics covered in the Energy merit badge include types of energy, energy sources-including innovative alternative energy options, and methods of conserving energy usage. The highlight activity of this class is creating a "Rube Goldberg" type of machine to explore energy conversion. Requirement number four is a prerequisite for the Energy Merit Badge that cannot be completed at camp.
- Nuclear Science
Nuclear Science Merit Badge
Nuclear Science covers the atomic and molecular structure in detail, how nuclear chain reactions occur, different uses of radiation, and how nuclear reactors work. There are several hands-on activities and experiments done at camp during the week.
- Reptile & Amphibian Study
Reptile & Amphibian Study Merit Badge
Scouts will learn about reptiles, amphibians, how they behave, and their unique roles in the ecosystem. Also, their effect on humans and how we can use them will be discussed. Prerequisite requirement number 8 states that scouts must take care of a reptile or amphibian for at least one month.
- Plant Science
Plant Science Merit Badge
Plant Science involves understanding how plants function and how they work in their ecosystem. Scouts will begin growing their own plants during the week at camp, as well as doing soil tests and examining a variety of plants.
Oceanography Merit Badge
We have added yet another merit badge to the ecology area. Oceanography has four different branches, biological, physical, geological and chemical. Sign up for the merit badge and learn more about what covers 70% of our plant.
- Eagle Quest
Eagle Quest is an area in which scouts working towards the first three rank of Scouting: Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class, can go to accomplish many of the requirements for these ranks.
This year we are introducing a new schedule for Eagle Quest. In past years, Eagle Quest offered each of the ranks at two different times in the day, this year we are offering all of the ranks at all times of program during the day.
The merit badge times before lunch at Eagle Quest will be structured, we understand that every scout has a different style of learning and a structured environment is needed by some. We will also be offering an "open" schedule for Eagle Quest in the afternoons. this will allow for any scout to come into the area with certain requirements in mind, and we will do our best to facilitate those requirements. There will be some requirements that we will not be able to accomplish during the open program, such as swimming requirements, and requirements similar to the five-mile hike, but we will still offer times in the week in which those can be accomplished.
Scout leaders are always welcome to observe the area and assist the staff. Eagle Quest will provide a meaningful learning experience for the Scouts that seek advancement throughout the week.
Looking to learn how to stop a nose bleed? Have you ever needed to learn how to stop a rope end from fraying? If you're looking for a fun way to learn the skills you need to become a Tenderfoot, there is no better place to be than Eagle Quest. Our staff are committed to helping you on your trail to Eagle!
- Second Class
Second Class Rank
If you're lost in the woods, you should come and work on your Second Class requirements at Eagle Quest. We'll teach you how to use a map and compass, take a five mile hike, properly maintain woods tools, and much more!
- First Class
First Class Rank
Learning how to identify native plants can be a pretty difficult task. It can be even harder to learn all the hitches, knots, and lashings you need to know to earn First Class. If you're looking for a patient, creative teacher you need to go to Eagle Quest!
- Field Sports
Safety is the first consideration at Ransburg Scout Reservation ranges and our directors are certified in the use of all firearms at our ranges. When visiting a range, listen carefully to all instructions from the directors.
There is a $15.00 charge shotgun shells and a $8 ammunition fee for Rifle Shooting Merit Badge. Highly recommended optional shooting practice is offered daily for merit badge participants. Experience indicates that Scouts wanting to earn these merit badges should plan on attending these sessions. We use .22 calibers, single-shot, bolt-action rifles. The shotguns used are 12-guage. We supply the ammunition for all of the firearms.
The Sports Area is located between the Rifle Range and the Archery Range. Just look for the Sports shelter and basketball court. Scouts are encouraged to enjoy the expanded merit badges and intramural sports at this area. You can even set up team competitions and have some great fun. We offer activities on a troop, campsite or ridge basis. Intramural sports can include softball, volleyball, basketball, or soccer. Scouts can organize their own teams prior to camp or put teams together with their new friends at Ransburg Scout Reservation.
- Rifle Shooting
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge entails learning proper firearm safety and shooting skills. This is a two-hour merit badge. The first hour is merit badge instruction time and the second hour is for shooting proficiency in order to qualify for the shooting requirements. Each afternoon 1pm to 2pm is set aside for merit badge participants to have additional shooting practice time. It is strongly encouraged that Scouts taking this merit badge not schedule a merit badge for this afternoon time but instead come regularly to the range to shoot, in order that the Scout might gain proficiency in shooting enough to qualify for the merit badge.
- Shotgun Shooting
Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge
Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge entails learning proper firearm safety and shooting skills. This is a two-hour merit badge. The first hour is merit badge instruction time and the second hour is for shooting proficiency in order to qualify for the shooting requirements. Each afternoon 1pm to 2pm is set aside for merit badge participants to have additional shooting practice time. It is strongly encouraged that Scouts taking this merit badge not schedule a merit badge for this afternoon time but instead come regularly to the range to shoot, in order that the Scout might gain proficiency in shooting enough to qualify for the merit badge.
Archery Merit Badge
Archery Merit Badge entails learning proper bow and arrow safety and shooting skills. This is a two-hour merit badge. The first hour is merit badge instruction time and the second hour is for shooting proficiency in order to qualify for the shooting requirements. Each afternoon 1pm to 2pm is set aside for merit badge participants to have additional shooting practice time. It is strongly encouraged that scouts taking this merit badge not schedule a merit badge for this afternoon time but instead come regularly to the range to shoot, in order that the scout might gain proficiency in shooting enough to qualify for the merit badge.
- Personal Fitness
Personal Fitness Merit Badge
If you want to make a commitment to fitness in your everyday life, Personal Fitness merit badge is a great way to get started. You'll learn how to develop a fitness plan that you can actually stick to. A good fitness plan is essential to a healthy lifestyle!
Sports Merit Badge
Learning about what makes sports great is just a small part of this merit badge. You'll learn about training plans, first aid for common sports injuries, and the importance of a good warm-up and cool-down program. Expect to be active and have a great time!
Athletics Merit Badge
Come out to the Sports area and find out what it takes to become a better athlete! Modern sport's science has made it easier than ever before to learn what effective training methods are for developing your full athletic potential. Obviously, all athletics require hard work and dedication. Expect to work hard for this badge!
Orienteering Merit Badge
Come down to the Sports area and learn what it takes to traverse our orienteering course. You'll get to learn how to use a map and compass, count your paces, and rely on your own measurements to find our way. This is a great place to learn the most important skill for back country travel!
Fishing Merit Badge
Back by popular demand we are now again offering fishing merit badge. It will be located in the sports area near the rifle range. We provide the basics in regard to a fishing pole and tackle. Please feel free to bring your own gear if you think it will increase your chances of catching the necessary fish to complete the merit badge.
Many of the activities in the Handicraft Area require the purchase of materials, so be sure that those Scouts signing up for activities in the Handicraft Area bring extra money.
Leatherwork Merit Badge
In Leatherwork, Scouts will learn about safety and first aid, all about leather, making articles out of leather, leather care, leather tanning, and leather related businesses. The Scouts will learn about cutting and punching holes, setting snaps and rivets, and braid or plait the leather.
Woodcarving Merit Badge
Woodcarving Merit Badge includes how to carve safely, different kinds of wood, the different kinds of tools, the basic cuts, carving, and the first aid if needed that could occur while wood carving.
Metalwork Merit Badge
With the Metalwork Merit Badge, Scouts get to learn about sheet metal, silversmith, the founder, and the blacksmith. They get to learn some definitions in the metal field, and work with metal in different ways by bending, heating up and shaping, and using metal in different ways.
Basketry Merit Badge
Basketry is another merit badge that we offer for the Scouts. Scouts will learn things like how to weave the reeds, square, round, and camp stool seats, and American Indian Basketry. They will also learn basketry terms.
Art Merit Badge
For the Art Merit Badge Scouts get to do things with paints, pencil, pastels, and acrylics. They get to tell stories with pictures, find out about three career opportunities in art, and with the merit badge Scouts will learn about what art is, the elements of art, visual storytelling, functions of art, and careers in the visual arts.
- Indian Lore
Indian Lore Merit Badge
With the Indian Lore Merit Badge, Scouts will learn all sorts of interesting facts from when the first immigrants to facts about American Indians today. The merit badge book is filled with information that is useful and very interesting.
Fingerprinting Merit Badge
For the Fingerprinting Merit Badge Scouts will learn about the importance in law enforcement and why fingerprinting is used. Scouts will learn how to take fingerprints, about the types and patterns, about comparing and identifying fingerprints, and about computers and fingerprints.
- Space Exploration
Space Exploration Merit Badge
With the Space Exploration Merit Badge Scouts will learn about space, the reasons to explore space, our steps into space, the way things work, careers in space exploration, how to build a rocket, and much more. During the week Scouts get to build a rocket and get to launch it on Friday.
Music Merit Badge
The Music Merit Badge teaches Scouts about singing and playing, sound, music, and musical instruments, music appreciation, music in America, joining a musical group, leading a group, traditional instruments, and composing music.
- High Adventure
Swing around like a monkey out at C.O.P.E. or learn how to climb and rappel at our 40 foot climbing tower! Come check out open climb and learn to boulder, climb, and wear a sweet harness! We offer rappels during open climb time on Monday to help you earn the Camping merit badge as well
Climbing Merit Badge
The Climbing Tower has routes to challenge Scouts of any ability. Our instructors are great at helping you overcome fears, have a blast, and learn to climb with skill. You'll need to be 13 to take the Climbing merit badge, but anyone can join us for open climb.
- Project C.O.P.E
Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience
Project C.O.P.E. is our amazing challenge course. It's events are meant to inspire an individual to his potential. C.O.P.E. activities have been carefully designed and constructed to offer participants a challenging and exciting arena in which to explore and expand their limits. Climbing, swinging, balancing, and experiencing the zip line are just a few of the activities that Scouts will encounter. Scouts must be 13 years of age by January 1 of the current camping year to participate in C.O.P.E. and will be required to wear long pants when participating in High Course events on Thursday and Friday.
The Ransburg Wrangler Award, trail rides, riding instruction, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, and Horsemanship merit badges are among the activities offered at the Ransburg Ranch.
- Trail Rides
Trail rides are available for all Scouts and visitors to camp. Rides last roughly 45 minutes and the path travels through the heart of Ransburg. Trained staff members guide riders on the trail. There is no age restriction on the trail rides. Trail Rides are available with the purchase of a ticket from the trading post. Shoes or boots with 3/4" heels and long pants(jeans) must be worn while riding so come prepared! We have an assortment of both boots and pants, but cannot guarantee all sizes.
Horsemanship Merit Badge
Horsemanship Merit Badge is offered for any scout who is 13 years old or older. Scouts learn the basics of saddle and horse care. They learn the basics of simple horsemanship including walking and trotting their horses. No prerequisites are required, however having requirements 3, 6, and 7 written out and ready to turn in will put Scouts ahead of the game.
- Animal Science
Animal Science Merit Badge
Basic livestock care is taught in this Merit Badge class. Scouts will be able to feed and care for goats and a calf while working on the merit badge. There are no prerequisites for the merit badge, because the Ranch is capable of fulfilling requirement 6Ca-e. p> Animal Science will cover all of requirements 1-5 and only the Horse and Sheep option of requirement 6. Scouts wishing to complete the other options of requirement #6 should complete them as a prerequisite.
- Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge
This badge discusses the requirements to become a veterinarian as well as different veterinary professions that are available. Basic animal care takes place in this class as well. Scouts will take care of goats, a calf, and learn some basic horse care as well. Prerequisites are needed for this badge, however a veterinarian is available most weeks to cover requirement 6a.
- Dog Care
Dog Care Merit Badge
This merit badge will cover basic care of the dog, dog breeds and uses, and basic medical care of the dog. It will be available to all Scouts with requirements four, five, eight and nine being prerequisites for the badge. Times for this merit badge are available in the office.
Wrangler program is a program available to any Scout or adult who has completed the Horsemanship Merit Badge. Scouts must be at least 13 years old in order to participate. Highlights of the program include trail rides into the great unknown of camp, tag on horseback, and learning to canter. Many other activities are available for scouts involved with the program.
- Riding Lessons
Horseback riding lessons are available for Scouts or adults wishing to enhance their knowledge of horses. Lessons are taught by a qualified instructor. Lessons are set up on an individual basis. Scouts must be at least 12 years old to take lessons. Both private and semi-private lessons are available. A fee is required by the end of the week.
Scoutcraft encompasses all the outdoor skills that scouts use when they are camping in the woods. When people picture a Boy Scout they see him building things with rope, cooking over a fire, sleeping under the stars, or responding to an emergency. We offer five merit badges at Scoutcraft, three of which are Eagle Scout required.
Camping Merit Badge
The Camping Merit Badge is required for the rank of Eagle. Class sessions are an hour and a half long, with four sessions over the course of the day. Over the week scouts will learn skills such as water purification, cooking over a fire versus a stove, the importance of proper planning for a campout, and how to plan menus for a trip. This merit badge has several prerequisites that cannot be earned at camp, including having slept in a tent for 20 nights. The rappelling portion of requirement 8 can be completed at camp.
- Wilderness Survival
Wilderness Survival Merit Badge
The wilderness survival merit badge prepares scouts to be able to survive with next to nothing if they should be required to. Over the course of the week they will learn how to build a suitable shelter, how to purify water, how to build fires without matches, how to use a signaling mirror, and how to prioritize in a survival situation. Scouts will need to prepare a wilderness survival kit using what they learn in class as well as spend one night in a shelter that they built themselves while at camp.
- Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge
The emergency preparedness merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle. This class trains scouts how to prepare for and respond to, recover from and prevent emergencies. Scouts will learn the correct way to prepare for a multitude of events including a car stalled in the desert, explosions, nuclear meltdown, food poisoning, boating accidents, clothes on fire, carbon monoxide, flooding, ice rescues, and crowd control. Scouts will hear about the roles they can fill to help emergency services and how they can prepare to fill those roles. To earn this merit badge while at camp a scout should already have the first aid merit badge (or complete it while at camp) and create an emergency kit. A guide for the kit can be found inside the merit badge pamphlet.
Pioneering Merit Badge
Pioneering used to be required for Eagle Scout in the 1920s and 30s, but is now an optional merit badge. It is a merit badge designed to get young men proficient in the art of using rope. Scouts who take this merit badge will be exposed to a wide array of knots beyond what is required for rank advancement, including the alpine butterfly, sheet bend, and sheep shank. Scouts will also gain a thorough knowledge of lashings, whippings, and splices. They will learn how to make a monkey bridge at a small scale and will build a full scale pioneering project as their final project for the week.
- First Aid
First Aid Merit Badge
The first aid merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle. The badge covers all the first aid requirements up to first class as well as advanced topics including: chipped tooth, stroke, seizures, CPR, broken bones, neck and back injuries, and how to treat for shock. Scouts are required to teach another scout something that they learned about first aid over the course of the week. To complete the merit badge at camp scouts should bring a small first aid kit with them to camp and have the first aid requirements up to first class signed off in their book.
Geocaching Merit Badge
You will learn how to use a GPS to navigate and find hidden caches! To earn this merit badge you will need your parents permission to visit www.geocaching.org. Once at the site, you need to create a free account. It is advisable that you do this before arriving at camp, as internet connectivity is limited.