Merit Badges & Program Areas
Experiencing camp through merit badges is the core of the summer camp program for Scouts. Merit badge sessions are offered by the program staff throughout each day, mostly during six scheduled session times. A few merit badges have some sessions in the early morning, such as fishing, and in the evening, such as astronomy. Scouts may take field trips while working on Animal Science, Communication, Citizenship in the Nation, and Indian Lore. Some merit badges and programs require Scouts to attend two or three sessions each day.
Scouts will be able to complete many merit badges at camp. Some merit badges have requirements that should be completed prior to camp, and some requirements may only be completed outside of camp. Scouts must demonstrate completion of each requirement before it is approved by a counselor.
Merit badges and programs are run through various Program Areas at Kerr Scout Ranch at Slippery Falls. This is to ensure qualified instruction by knowledgeable counselors and a great experience by Scouts in each area.
This area is located on Lake Payne in the central part of the ranch. All aquatics merit badge sessions are held at the waterfront. Scouts will enjoy a swimming dock, canoes, sailboats, row boats, motor boats, kayaks, snorkeling, and jumping off of a new tower onto the blob. The blob is a kind of giant, inflatable trampoline that launches Scouts into the lake.
Ecology & Conservation
Summer camp is an outdoor setting, and there is no better place to study birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Scouts can also enjoy fishing on the lake and on Pennington Creek. We also offer Nature and Environmental Science merit badges.
The Oklahoma Centennial Commission funded construction of a Ranch House and Bunk House that serves as the headquarters for this area along with the barn. Horsemanship, animal science, welding, metalworking and leatherworking are some of the activities Scouts will enjoy under the shade of the oak trees. The wranglers host the Cowboy Campfire each week and teach Dutch oven cooking. Bring your cowboy hat, your boots and jeans, and enjoy our great western tradition!
Chickasaw Nation Indian Village
The village includes an authentic Chickasaw Council House and the three Summer Houses! Counselors put a Chickasaw twist on the handicraft merit badges such as basketry, pottery, and textiles. Scouts can also learn about art and Indian Lore and will also visit the Chickasaw Museum in Tishomingo.
The lakes, ponds, and creeks at camp offer excellent fishing opportunities. Scouts can fish for sunfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and catfish. We offer Fishing and Fly Fishing merit badges.
Living outside is the specialty of the counselors in this area. Campers will learn and experience map & compass, first aid, camping, pioneering, and woods tools in a variety of merit badge sessions. For Scouts who want something more extreme, wilderness survival offers an outpost to test their wits in the rugged wilds of camp.
Scouts may choose to shoot 20-gauge shotguns, modern .22 rifles, muzzle-loading rifles, and bows and arrows. Older Scouts and Venturers may participate in an exciting Cowboy Action Shooting program with single-action firearms. The range safety officers and instructors will provide all the equipment and instruction campers need to earn the various shooting sports merit badges.
This facility was constructed in 2014. Two indoor rooms provide all the technololgy Scouts will need to learn more about computers, game design, electronics, photography, programming, and robotics.
Climbing & Rappelling
Slippery Falls has several great climbing sites. An indoor climbing wall provides a place to climb even during rainy weather. Numerous natural rock sites offer gigantic granite boulders and cliffs. A 51-foot climbing tower feature two negative elements and is one of the tallest towers in the region. Scouts can attend the climbing merit badge sessions or climb during the twilight activities. Scouts must be 13 years of age to participate in these programs.
Lists of Specific Merit Badges and Programs Offered:
- American Cultures
- Animal Science
- Auto Mechanics
- Bird Study
- Citizenship in the Nation*
- Citizenship in the World*
- Emergency Preparedness*
- Environmental Science*
- Farm Mechanics
- Fire Safety
- First Aid*
- Fish & Wildlife Management
- Fly Fishing
- Game Design
- Indian Lore
- Insect Study
- Mammal Study
- Plant Science
- Reptile & Amphibian Study
- Rifle (.22 caliber)
- Rifle (muzzle-loading)
- Search & Rescue
- Small Boat Sailing
- Space Exploration
- Wilderness Survival
* Required for Eagle Scout rank