Rotary Scout Reservation

summer camp program



Citizenship. Character Development. Fitness.

These are the aims of Scouting and the goals of the Rotary Scout Reservation Summer Camp program.  RSR offers instruction in 41 merit badges including 6 on the Eagle required list (Camping, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, First Aid, Lifesaving, and Swimming)  In addition, we are pleased to offer a number of fun and exciting non-merit badge programs (such as COPE, BSA Lifeguard, Trail to First Class, and Advanced Backwoodsman), each one designed to give a Scout the summer adventure of a lifetime. 

We invite you to explore quality program we have to offer using the following links.  Each page details the program opportunities available in that area, with links to the requirements for each merit badge offered. 

  1. Aquatics

  2. Archery

  3. Chillicothe

  4. Community Safety

  5. COPE / Climbing

  6. Ecology & Conservation

  7. Handicrafts

  8. Scoutcraft

  9. Shooting Sports

  10. Trail to First Class

If you have any questions regarding our summer program, please email Janet Keilen at

Twin Rivers Council, BSA

2016 Summer Camp Daily Program Schedule

The 2016 summer camp daily program schedule is now available, featuring 45 merit badges and several outstanding specialty programs for youth (and adults)!  New to RSR this year will be Photography Merit Badge, which has recently been updated by the BSA to reflect the latest trends in digital photography and editing. 

Download your copy of the 2016 Daily Program Schedule today!

The merit badge program at RSR is specifically designed to reflect the outdoor experience of camp.  As a result, nearly all merit badges offered may be completed entirely at camp.  In some cases, however, a requirement may be more easily or necessarily completed at home.  In such cases the Scout is asked to bring evidence of completion for review by his merit badge counselor. 

The 2016 Merit Badge Prerequisites list is available here

At RSR we offer a lending library featuring merit badge pamphlets for all of the merit badges we offer (and even a few we don’t!)  When a Scout or leader wants to borrow a merit badge pamphlet, all he has to do is go to the Camp Office to sign it out.  Later, the book is returned and signed back in.  Best of all, this service is free and part of the all-inclusive fee structure at RSR.

Merit Badge Pamphlet Lending Library

Merit Badge Prerequisites

Rotary Scout Reservation maintains a record of all merit badges completed and partials earned at summer camp.  These records are stored for at least eight years.

BSA policy is that any partially completed merit badge may be completed at any time until the Scout’s 18th birthday.  If the requirements for the badge are changed at any point after the badge is begun, the Scout has the right to complete the badge under the original requirements.  If a Scout earns a partial while at RSR Summer Camp and subsequently loses his blue card, he can get the record of his past work from the Camp Office.

The Camp is also able to provide verification of completed merit badges when the Scout’s blue card is lost.

To inquire about a merit badge record from a past season or to request a reissued blue card, please email

Merit Badge Records

Summer Camp 2017 Preview

RSR is proud to offer two exciting specialty week programs for summer camp 2017!  These programs are open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers.

VENTURING WEEK (July 30 - August 5)

We’ll be highlighting program and training activities from BSA’s Venturing program, in addition to the full high quality Boy Scout resident camp program offered the rest of the summer.  The Venturing activities will be open to all Venturers and older Boy Scouts!

STEM WEEK  (August 6 - 12)

RSR’s highly popular and successful STEM Week program returns in 2017, offering Scouts the opportunity to experience merit badge programs in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Specific merit badges to be offered will be announced by early Spring 2017.

All summer camp programs at RSR are open to Boy Scouts and Venturers.  Provisional camping is available each week for Scouts and Venturers who would like to experience summer camp at RSR without their troop or crew.