Boy Scout Merit Badge Program

Camp High Rocks is an adventure-oriented camp located in the mountains of North Carolina. While we are not a scouting camp, we are able to offer campers the opportunity to work on Merit Badges during the Three and Four Week Sessions. Our program is great for Boys Scouts wishing to get an adventure camp experience while continuing to work towards their badge goals. A camper must select the activity during his regular schedule and inform the activity area of his wish to work on the merit badge.

Mark Birdsong is the current point person if you have questions. He is an Eagle Scout, has spent 6 summers working at scout camps, and works at Camp High Rocks full time. All merit badge advancement is supervised by experienced counselors and overseen by Mr. Birdsong. Scoutmasters may call Mr. Birdsong at 828-885-2153 with any questions regarding this program.

Current Merit Badge Offerings

Our offerings will change depending on the activities offered and lessons plans. The list below is an example of what we typically offer.

  • Archery
  • Art
  • Basketry
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Horsemanship
  • Fly Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Lifesaving
  • Orienteering 
  • Pottery
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Small Boat Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Space Exploration
  • Whitewater
  • Sculpture
  • Kayaking
  • Cycling

Important Details

Before working on merit badges at Camp High Rocks, please show this website page to your Scoutmaster to get his approval to work on merit badges. We do not sign off Second Class or First Class requirements, as those are normally done at troop meetings and on campouts.

Most troops require that you have a signed “blue card” before beginning a merit badge, but we do not sign or handle blue cards. We can only send the scout home with a statement of which requirements have been completed. It is then up to the unit’s merit badge counselor for that particular badge to determine if the scout has learned and retained the skills and information. The unit’s merit badge counselor signs the boy’s blue card. This is the same procedure that scout camps follow.

Reminder: It is the responsibility of the camper to talk with the activity area concerned at the beginning of the session in order to work on these merit badges. Simply signing up for an activity is not adequate. Counselors will inquire about merit badge interest and work with campers, but the scouts must follow up and show an active interest in order to earn merit badge credit


  • CPR requirement will not be done at camp for any of the merit badges.
  • For Canoeing, Swimming, Lifesaving, Kayaking, and Small-Boat Sailing – Must have completed swimming requirements for 2nd class and 1st class
  • For Whitewater – Must have completed canoeing merit badge.
  • For Basketry – Must bring chair kit.