Camp John J. Barnhardt's Ecology Area can be found halfway down the hill that leads to our boating area. Easily identified by our signature parachutes, this location introduces Scouts to a variety of specialized nature and science activities. Our Ecology staff generally teach outdoors to help Scouts develop an appreciation for nature and enjoy the beauty of our camp, but the location also has an air-conditioned classroom for experiments and activities that require climate control.
For the last five years, our Ecology team has been led by a college professor who personally teaches all sessions of Environmental Science and Astronomy merit badges. The trained Ecology team also offer a variety of other activities each year such as Mining in Society, Achaeology, Nature, Forestry, Chemistry, Bird Study, Fish and Wildlife Management, Weather, and Reptile and Amphibian Study. These Ecology merit badges are great for both older and younger Scouts!
As a special opportunity, the Ecology team offer bonus merit badges such as Mammal Study and Landscape Architecture in the evenings during summer camp. This allows the motivated camper to earn an extra merit badge and make additional progress towards Eagle!