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Wente Scout Reservation

5401 Canyon Rd.
Willits, CA 95490

For Emergency Only

Phone: (707) 459-2110  Fax: (707) 459-1527

 

Program Areas

The big reason we go to summer camp, or at least why our parents pay for it, is the Program Areas. For many Troops this is where we learn most of our Merit Badge skills and can put to practice our outdoor advancement skills.

Scheduling

In prior years, Wente has varied its schedule from a very rigid class structure with set times to totally open scheduling. What we have learned from this experience is no two Scouts are alike, so there is no one way of scheduling that is going to work in every case. Some Scouts need a rigid schedule while others flourish in a more open system. As a result Wente uses a hybrid system with set times for merit badge sessions in the morning and early afternoon, and a more open program in the later afternoon and evening. There are some badges that have limited resources or are affected by environmental conditions (such as Small-boat Sailing, where the wind tends to blow only in the late morning and afternoon) that must adhere to a strict schedule. Some of the badges we offer only as drop in, which means they can be taken only during open program time. All of Wente's merit badges, with a few exceptions, run on a four-day schedule with Friday open for make ups. This allows Scouts the chance to participate in activities that might cause them to miss a merit badge session and still complete the badge. Merit Badge Schedule.pdf To see a brief description of all the notes and oddities of each badge see the Merit Badge Info form

Signing Up For Merit Badges

A lot of stuff is happening on arrival day, leaving not much time for planning your Merit Badge schedule for the week. Therefore we recomend that your Unit urges its Scouts to have their Merit Badges planned out at least a few weeks before arriving at camp. You can use this excel Unit's Schedule of Merit Badges form to help organize your Scouts. To fill out the form, simply type the name of each Scout, Merit Badge or Eagle Trail session, and time in the appropriate column. Note any drop in badges that will be taken as well.

Partials

There are many badges that have requirements that cannot be completed at camp. Some of these are due to time requirements and others simply cannot be done in a summer camp setting. In those cases when requirements are not completed at camp, a partial indicating the requirements that have been done will be issued and given to the unit leader. Many of these requirements can be completed before a Scout arrives at camp. There are a number of ways to handle work done prior to camp. A Scout can contact a merit badge counselor for that badge, go over the work he has done, and bring a partial to camp with him. The Scout can also bring the work he has done to camp and discuss it with the camp merit badge counselor. In some cases camp counselors will require a partial from a merit badge counselor or a note from their Scoutmaster or Parent on these camp forms.

Badges with Scoutmaster notes

Badges with Parent notes

>Bring a partial on a Blue Card for: