Camping is the great outdoor adventure of Scouting. As a Scout becomes at home in the outdoors, they learn some of the skills, resourcefulness, and self-reliance of the pioneer. The aims and methods of Scouting are all pertinent in the outdoor camping experience.

Summer camping is perhaps the best opportunity for Scouts to fully immerse themselves in the outdoor experience. The summer camp schedule includes time for a Scout to achieve personal advancement, bond with his troop and fellow Scouts, and participate in activities of a personal interest.

Summer Camp Payments Requested by May 1

The Council Camping Committee is currently planning for two weeks of Summer Camp (6/18-24/17 and 6/25-7/1/17), plus Summer Camp Express (7/6-9/17) and Aquatics Adventure Camp (7/9-15/17) this summer. To effectively manage resources, the Council must have the required deposit and/or first payment from troops who plan to attend one or more of these camps by May 1. All of these transactions may be completed by accessing the online registrations found on the Summer Camp page of our website.

Aquatics Adventure Camp 2017

Dates: July 9-15, 2017

Location: Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation, 1201 Boy Scout Camp Rd., Lake Wales 33898

Cost: $260 per Scout, $100 per adult leader

Online Registration


Summer Camp Express 2017

Dates: July 6—9, 2017

Location: Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation, 1201 Boy Scout Camp Rd., Lake Wales 33898

Cost: $130 per Scout; $60 per adult leader

Online Registration


Summer Camp 2017

Dates: Week 1: June 18—24, Week 2: June 25—July 1

Location: Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11046 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville 34613

Cost: $260 per Scout; $100 per adult leader

For more information please contact Matt Anderson, Program Specialist, email or phone (813) 872-2691 ext. 117.

Online Registration—Week One

Online Registration—Week Two




Sand Hill Scout Reservation and Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation’s Pathfinders program is highly regarded by troops because it provides new Boy Scouts with skills instruction for advancement towards their First Class rank. The program takes place during sessions 1 through 5 every day. Skills session (#6) is left available for the Boy Scouts to choose a merit badge that interests them. At completion, each Boy Scout will have had the opportunity to complete: First Aid merit badge, Leatherwork merit badge, Swimming merit badge, Firem’n Chit, and Totin’ Chip. The following requirements towards First Class advancement are covered in the Pathfinders program:

  • Tenderfoot requirements: 1, 3, 4 A-C, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 A & B
  • Second Class requirements: 1 A & B, 2, 3 C-G, 4, 5, 6, 7 A-C, 8 A-C
  • First Class requirements: 1, 2, 4 A, 4 C, 4 D, 6, 7 A-B, 8 A-D, 9 A-C, 11

In order to meet Tenderfoot requirement #1, a Pathfinder will need to bring his camping gear and pack to camp. In order to meet Second Class requirement #7B, a Pathfinder must prepare his personal first aid kit before coming to camp. The Pathfinders’ schedule for the week can be found in the Pathfinders manual.

Program Activities

Scouts will work on requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks including Scout skills such as:

  • Pioneering
  • Camping
  • Orienteering
  • Cooking

Scouts who have passed the swim test will take the Swimming merit badge and those who do not pass will receive swimming instruction until they can complete the test.

As part of the first aid instruction, Scouts will earn requirements for First Aid merit badge. (Scouts may have an opportunity to complete First Aid merit badge, but they must have completed requirement #2 and Second Class requirement outside of camp as a prerequisite.)

Pathfinders also teaches Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit. After completing all elements of the Seminole Trail program, new Scouts will be well versed and proficient in all the abilities necessary to be a quality Boy Scout.

Merit Badge Program

Outdoor Skills

Merit badges being offered in the Outdoor Skillls are: Camping, Cooking, Cycling, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Fishing, Geocaching, Hiking, Personal Fitness, Pioneering, Public Speaking, and Wilderness Survival. In addition, Scouts can earn their Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chip, and Paul Bunyan Award


Aerial Sports

Merit badges being offered in the Aerial Sports program are: Climbing and Search and Rescue


Aquatics Program

Merit badges being offered in the Aquatics Program are: Canoeing, Kayaking, Lifesaving, Rowing, and Swimming. In addition, Scouts have the opportunity to earn BSA Lifeguard certification, complete the Mile Swim BSA and take Instructional Swimming classes.


Ecology Program

Merit badges being offered in the Ecology program are: Animal Studies, Astronomy, Bird Study, Energy, Environmental Science, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Pulp and Paper, Space Exploration, Sustainability, and Weather.


Handicraft Program

Merit badges being offered in the Handicraft Program are: Art, Basketry, Composite Materials, Fingerprinting, Leatherwork, Sculpture, Textile, and Woodcarving.


Shooting Sports Program

Merit Badges being offered in the Shooting Sports Program are: Archery, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting. In addition, our Marksmanship open shoot is offered to those Scouts who have earned either the Rifle Shooting or Shotgun Shooting merit badge.

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General Interest

Merit Badges being offered in the General Interest are: American Labor, Auto Maintenance, Chemistry, Chess, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Collections, Communication, Digital Technology, Family Life, Game Design, Home Repairs, Indian Lore, Metalwork, Model Design, Painting, Personal Management, Railroading, Robitics, and Scouting Heritage.



Merit Badges being offered in the Eagle Trail are: Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, and Personal Management.

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