Camp Somers

Eagle's Nest Year Round

Plus Jump Start and Follow-Up Days

Eagle's nest is more than just a summer camp program.  Be sure to check out all of our events:

Eagle's Nest Year Round

Work on selected Eagle required merit badges

Eagle's NestFirst Class and above Scouts can attend Eagle's Nest Year Round at Camp Somers by appointment. Sessions are held one weekend each month - September through June. At Eagle' Nest Year Round, you can have work approved or reviewed for the following merit badges:

  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communications
  • Family Life
  • Personal Fitness
  • Personal Management
  • Sustainability

Scouts are encouraged to select no more than three merit badges to work on at Eagle's Nest. Other merit badge counselors' names are available by asking your Scoutmaster for referrals.

Scouts must telephone Mrs. Pat Hawkins at 973-765-9322 x420 and leave a message no later than 7:00 pm the Monday before the session to make an appointment. All appointments are first come, first served. The events will be canceled if there is not enough interest for any given session. Cost is $5 per merit badge. Parents, please do not call for your Scout. Scouts must make their own telephone appointments.

Sessions are held at the Eagle's Nest trailer located just off the Camp Somers parking lot between the health lodge and the camp office.

Scouts must bring a blue card, signed by their Scoutmaster, to show that the Scoutmaster approves of them working on these badges. The Scout should borrow or buy the merit badge pamphlet. It is recommended that Scouts review the current requirements available at They may also print out worksheets (available at for their badges. Scouts can begin badges on their own, but for any requirement that states with the approval of your counselor, do not expect to have the requirement signed off, unless it has been approved by a merit badge counselor. Scouts can use Eagle's Nest Year Round to get approval, then return another time to have the requirement signed off when it is complete.

Don't forget, Scouts can also contact other merit badge counselors to work on these and all other merit badges. Speak with your Scoutmaster to find a counselor in your area.

NestUpcoming dates

All sessions are by appointment

  • Saturday, January 9, 2016 - appointments 11:00 am til 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016 - appointments 1:00 pm til 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016 - appointments 6:00 pm til 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 7, 2016 - appointments 1:00 pm til 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 - appointments 6:00 pm til 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 6, 2016 - appointments 1:00 pm til 5:00 pm

Mrs. Hawkins is looking for adult volunteers (preferably Scout leaders and merit badge counselors) to assist with two-deep leadership for these evenings. If you would like to volunteer you can leave a voice message for her at 973-765-9322 x420.

Eagle's Nest Follow-Up Day

new Saturday November 14, 2015 at Camp Somers Eagle's Nest - 9:00 am til 4:00 pm

Finish up Eagle's Nest merit badge partials from Camp Somers summer camp

This is a special program only for Scouts that have partials on any of the above merit badges from summer camp at Camp Somers. Scouts must arrange an appointment time by leaving a message for Mrs. Pat Hawkins at 973-765-9322 x420. There is no fee, but Scouts must pre-register, no walk-ins! The deadline for making an appointment is Monday November 2nd. Be sure to bring your blue card partial from the summer camp Eagle's Nest.

Eagle's Nest Jump Start Day

Saturday March 5, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Camp Somers Eagle's Nest

This is an optional session for Scouts that are registered to attend summer camp at Camp Somers and plan on working on Eagle required merit badges at Eagle's Nest. Scouts will meet with Eagle's Nest Director Pat Hawkins to get counselor approval for requirements. Scouts will get details on how to set up Personal Management time and money charts and how to properly track Personal Fitness exercise programs so these requirements can be completed before summer camp.

Scouts must leave a message for Mrs. Pat Hawkins at 973-765-9322 x420 no later than 7:00 pm the Tuesday before the event. Depending upon how many Scouts respond and which badges they are working on, appointments may be scheduled individually or Scouts will be given a schedule of what time their badges are being reviewed. $5 per Scout per badge.

Scouts who attend Camp Somers and have not begun merit badges before July will not be able to complete some of these badges at summer camp, but they can receive partials. If they have started the badge with another merit badge counselor, they may receive approval if contact information for that counselor is provided, and the work can be verified.

Eagle's Nest at Camp Somers summer camp

Scouts who are attending Eagle’s Nest at Camp Somers do not need to call to register or ask for appointments. They can use the on-line merit badge sign-up but for Eagle’s Nest it is not mandatory.

If scouts are attending with their troop or as a “provisional” camper please read the info in the Camp Somers Leader’s Guide. Scouts who are attending Camp Somers as Trailblazers will be given info when they come to orientation.

Scouts may bring partials from other merit badge counselors. If they have done any requirement that states “with the approval of the merit badge counselor” they need to provide contact information for the other merit badge counselor so approvals can be verified.

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