Scouts BSA Merit Badge Week

About Specialty Week

Join us at Camp Snyder for our third annual Scouts BSA Specialty week! In 2022 Scouts earned over 678 Merit Badges during Specialty Week.

Introduced in 2022 and returning for 2023 will be rank advancement skills training and knowledge instruction for obtaining Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks. Perfect for new Scouts!

Camp Snyder has some amazing facilities. Among those are our Woodshop and our STEM facility, swimming pool, archery and air rifle ranges, and Scouterhorn climbing tower. We have created a Scouts BSA Specialty week with the activities Scouts expect from a summer camp. Want to earn your Woodworking or Woodcarving Merit Badge? Want to learn about Drones and spend some time in our STEM lab. Or, learn the basic Scouting skills needed to advance in rank, like how to start a fire, prepare an outdoor meal or safely use a knife and axe. Come out and spend a week of your summer with us.

Combine your interest in merit badges with camping, dining, swimming, boating, and many other summer camp favorites.

There are two attendance options: 1) Stay at Camp Snyder from Sunday – Saturday, complete your merit badges + enjoy a series of fun evening activities or 2) You can choose to attend from 9-5 Monday-Friday as a day-only participants for the merit badges class and rank advancement sessions.

Individual Scouts BSA (ages 11 – 17)

Sunday afternoon – Saturday morning

Merit Badge Program

Registration for Merit Badge classes will open March 31, 2023.

We plan to offer a wide range of Outdoor Merit Badges and Specialty Merit Badges. Classes sizes will be small.

The Catalog will be available in Spring 2023

A sampling of our previous offerings are listed below. Eagle-required badges are in bold.

Eagle Required

Cit. in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World

Communication

Emergency Preparedness

First Aid

Aquatics

Canoeing

Lifesaving

Rowing

Swimming

The Range

Archery

Rifle Shooting

Nature

Animal Science

Environmental Science

Fishing

Forestry

Geology

Nature

Plant Science

Soil & Water Conservation

Stem Shack

Aviation

Nuclear Science

Photography

Robotics

Search & Rescue

Space Exploration

Weather

Welding

Michael’s Woodshop

Woodworking

Scout Skills

Geocaching

Pioneering

Orienteering

and more…

American Cultures

American Heritage

Architecture

Chess

Climbing

Energy

Meet your 2023 Directors

Calder Griffiths, Camp Director

Calder Griffiths was a Scout in the National Capital Area Council for 12 years earning the rank of Eagle Scout, serving as Senior Patrol Leader, and joining the Order of the Arrow. He has seven years experience working at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center with specific responsibility for the skatepark for two years. Currently, he is pursuing a degree at Salisbury University with majors in Outdoor Education Leadership and Accounting. After attending BSA summer camps for nine years and day camps for five years, he looks forward to providing an excellent experience at Camp Snyder this summer.

Coming Soon, Program Director

Bio – Coming Soon

Want to be part of our awesome summer staff?

2023 Dates & Rates

Registration opens October 1

We are accepting applications for Camperships

Session

July 16 – July 22, 2023

Resident Camper PriceDay Camper PriceAdult PriceIf paid by…
Early Bird$455$355$225April 16
On Time$485$385$265May 14
Late$505$405After May 14

1 Leader is FREE with your Troop registration of 5 or more Scouts. Units who plan to send 5 or more scouts must provide a minimum of 1 adult leader per 5 scouts.

Interested in helping out with Merit Badges or staying as a Provisional ASM please reach out to Camp.Snyder@Scouting.org

Get more information about registration on the main Summer Camp page.