Scouts, BSA/ Venturing Summer Camp

2024 Summer Camp:

The Moonlit Rodeo

Get out your buckles, boots, and spurs! This summer, we’re planning our camp around the great American cowboy. From “bull” riding to lassos and ten-gallon hats to line dancing, Camp John J. Barnhardt will have it all in 2024. We’ll set you up to drive cattle, cook and sing Western tunes around a campfire, and, of course, try your hand at our cowboy action shoot. We’ll focus some on the real cowboys that managed the Western ranges, but we’ll also have a lot of fun emphasizing the tacky urban cowboy fads of the 1980s— which means you’ll be right at home wearing your snakeskin boots and printed shirts with snap pockets, yokes, and fringe.

Based on our Moonlit Rodeo theme, we’re adding American Heritage and Animal Science to our merit badge schedule. We’ve also added Aviation, Citizenship in Society, and Search and Rescue merit badges and brought Orienteering and Backpacking back to the schedule.

As you’d expect, all of our spirit challenges and special events are all tied to our cowboy theme. You’ll find that you can earn spirit points towards the superior unit award by showing off your cowboy spirit at flags each day and that we’ve got special campwide events that make each night special. One of the highlights will be The Moonlit Rodeo on Wednesday night! Scouts from your unit will have a chance to ride the aqua-bull and show off their other cowboy skills in front of the camp. On the following pages you’ll also find out about opportunities to head West along The Barnhardt Trail, show off your musical talents, and demonstrate your line dancing skill! There are also open recreational times where Scouts may swim, climb, shoot, or boat without taking a full merit badge. We include an action-packed schedule in hopes of insuring there is something for every Scout, but the optional nature of many events leaves your troop time to relax and socialize. 

Download the program guide below for more details!

Price (includes a t-shirt!):

Youth = $415

Adults = $100


2024 Summer Camp Payment Schedule:

$150 Per Participant Due February 16th, 2024

$300 Per Participant Due April 19th, 2024

$415 Per Participant Due May 17th, 2024

$100 Per Leader Due May 17th, 2024

$25 Late Fee Per Scout NOT PAID IN FULL by May 17th, 2024


2024 Merit Badge Schedule

Spaces available refer to Week 1 (you will see your specific week's remaining spaces when registering)

  • 2024 Week 1
    June 16, 2024 to June 22

  • 2024 Week 2
    June 23, 2024 to June 29

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  • 2024 Week 3
    June 30, 2024 to July 06

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File Name Description
2024 Merit Badge Chart Download
2024 Program Guide Moonlit Rodeo Program Guide Download
Advice for Selecting Badges/Activities Download
ATV forms 2024 ATV Forms 2024 Download
Barnhardt Map Download
Camper Leaving Early Form Download
Central NC Council Refund Policy Download
Dietary Needs Form Download
Horsemanship Form Scouts and parents also need to fill out general off camp permission form. Download
Off Camp Field Trip Permission Slip Required for Scouts in Aviation (airport trip), Communications/Journalism (local radio station), and Horsemanship (horsemanship also requires the horsemanship specific form) Download
PreCamp Info Session Slides (4/18/23) Download