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There's a lot to do at camp, and at Canyon we want to make sure you can make the most of your time. Below you'll find brief descriptions of our program areas and the merit badges and activities each area offers.



For first year campers only, the Canyon Ranger Program covers most First Class requirements, while also building a knowledge of general Scout skills and Canyon Camp areas. Participants in this program have the opportunity to fulfill First Class Requirements, work on skills in areas of camp, attend Pioneer Potpourri activities (See Below), with still enough time to add a merit badge or two!



For older scouts and leaders, the Outdoor Wilderness League (O.W.L. for short) aims to bring high adventure to your week at Canyon. Activities vary from year to year but always aim to challenge you physically and mentally. Keep an eye on the camp schedule for this summer's program!

Sample Schedule of O.W.L. Program (Activities update & change each year!)




Between two areas of camp, we offer the opportunity to take Eagle Required merit badges during your week at Canyon Camp; some of which counselors may be difficult to find in your area.

Merit Badges Offered:

  • Communications

  • Citizenship in the Nation

  • Citizenship in the Society

  • Citizenship in the World

  • Personal Fitness

  • Personal Management

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • First Aid



Our Aquatics area is split into two locations: our lakefront and our pool. The Coon Lake lakefront is where you can take out one of our many watercraft. Expect to cool off or go snorkeling at our 3-foot to 10-foot-deep swimming pool.


Merit Badges Offered:

  • Swimming

  • Lifesaveing

  • Canoeing

  • Rowing

  • Kayaking




Activity Patches/Certifications Offered:

  • Snorkeling

  • Stand-up Paddleboarding

  • Mile Swim

  • Paddlecraft Safety

  • Safe Swim Defense

  • Safety Afloat



Due to Canyon Camp's distinct location, our climbing program is unlike any other. Take a try at our multi-difficulty climbing wall, gain some horizontal climbing practice on our twelve-sided continuous bouldering wall, or for a true test, rappel down the front bluffs of camp.


Merit Badges Offered

  • Climbing

Additional Activities

  • COPE Activity Patch

  • Zip Line

  • High Ropes Course

  • Milk Crate Climbing




With over 200 acres of naturally-wooded forest and a creek running right through camp, the opportunity to experience nature has never been more real. Our Nature Lodge is located right above the creek with windows on all sides allowing for complete forest immersion.


Merit Badges Offered

  • Environmental Science

  • Mammal Study

  • Forestry

  • Pulp and Paper

  • Bird Study

  • Weather

  • Astronomy

  • Fish and Wildlife Management

  • Reptile and Amphibian Study

  • Soil and Water Conservation

  • Geology

  • Nature

  • Energy



Learning how to be resourceful is a trait of any scout, and our Scoutcraft area is the best place to work on such skills. Head down to learn outdoor skills and how to work with common tools available to scouts during outings.


Merit Badges Offered

  • Camping

  • Pioneering

  • Wilderness Survival

  • Orienteering

  • Geocaching

  • Fishing

  • Exploration




With two full-time ranges and access to nearby Apple Canyon Lake, learning how to fish, shoot archery, or operate a rifle of shotgun has never been easier! On top of dedicated merit badge time, we also offer open times for scouts and scouters to practice.


Merit Badges Offered

  • Shotgun Shooting

  • Rifle Shooting

  • Archery

Activities Offered:

  • Black Powder Rifle

  • Slingshot Challenge



Build up your creative skills in our Handicraft Lodge. With merit badges that challenge you mentally and push you to build creations of your own, the opportunity to mentally grow is right at your finger tips!


Merit Badges Offered

  • Chess

  • Game Design

  • Basketry

  • Woodcarving

  • Leatherworking

  • Art

  • Theater

  • Space Exploration

  • Photography

  • Sculpture

  • Indian Lore

  • Music

Pio Pot


Learn some of the skills that the pioneers used! Open to all scouts and leaders, the Pioneer Potpourri program aims to teach everyone what pioneers would have lived like and what skills a modern day pioneer might also have. Activities are designed to take no more than a 30 minutes, so you can pop into an activity whenever you have a break in your day!

Sample Pioneer Potpourri Program (Activities update and change each year!)


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