Camp Wilderness
Aug 10 - 13, 2023

  • $145 - Early Bird rate until one month before camp
  • $160 - camp rate after Early Bird discount deadline 
  • Registration must be paid in full by 7/10/23 to keep Early Bird discount
  • $25.00 Non-refundable deposit if you have to cancel registration
  • Arrive by 10 am Thursday

    Please be on time!

    Graduation 10 am Sunday

    Parents are encouraged to attend


    For AJTC graduates. BAC is a nine-mile, two-day adventure designed for those who want to spend time on the trail learning and developing backpacking skills with classes, such as

    • trail equipment
    • Low impact camping
    • Emergency first aid
    • Map and compass
    • and rescue techniques.

    Instruction is based on the green Backpacking and Hiking merits. Trail teams will camp and work together. Participants will carry their gear and food in backpacks and will share in tasks and leadership responsibilities. They will live in tents and prepare their meals. They will be given many opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned about living in the backcountry.


    1. Register on Campwise. Registration closes two weeks ahead of camp.
    2. Pack all the items on the Backpacking Equipment Checklist yourself! That way, you know where to find it.
    3. Be ready to check in at camp at 10 am on Thursday
    4. Arrange for your parents to attend your graduation at 10 am on Sunday, you go home with them after that.
    5. Make sure your Commander gives you credit for any merit requirements you achieved at camp (Backpacking).
    6. Staff have to be approved by the Camp Commander before registering on Campwise and need to get the Pastor reference form signed and turn it in at camp registration. This needs to be filled out once a year.











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    CLOTHING: There are items that will be left back at Camp when you go into the field.

    • Duffel Bag
    • Jeans/shorts, T-shirt, socks, underclothing for fresh change
    • clothes for sleeping (‘pajamas’)
    • Toiletry Kit (shampoo; deodorant; etc.)
    • Towel (washcloth)
    • Shower shoes (optional)
    • Sweatshirt (optional)

    Hiking Footwear should fit well.  ‘Break-in’ Hiking boots prior to Camp.

    CLOTHING (wear in the field)

    • 1 Cap or Hat
    • 1 T-Shirt (Ranger or moisture-wicking)
    • 1 pr. Pants, hiking or jeans
    • 1 pr. Shorts or Convertible Pants
    • 1 pr. Boots (or hiking shoes)
    • 1 pr. Socks (hiking-type (NO cotton))
    • 1 pr. Socks (liner) [Optional]
    • 1 Neck Gaiter OR bandana (Optional)

    EXTRA CLOTHING (packed in backpack)

    • 1 Sweatshirt
    • 1 Poncho
    • Rain Coat (optional)
    • 2 T-Shirt (Ranger or moisture-wicking)
    • 4 underwear (boxer-brief)
    • 1 pr. Sneakers (shoes)[wear at campsite]
    • 4 pr. Socks (hiking-type (NO cotton))
    • 1 Swim Trunks
    • Bag for soiled clothing

    TOILETRY KIT [travel-size items] (zip-lock bag)

    • Toothbrush & toothpaste (floss/picks)
    • Soap (bar)
    • Towel (small)
    • Comb (Optional)
    • Fingernail clipper (Optional)
    • Toilet Paper (small roll w/o core)
    • Body Powder (*GoldBond® )
    • Lip Balm (*Chapstick® or *Carmex®)
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunscreen

    Your Backpack is the most important gear needed. You will be carrying all your gear (with community supplies) in your backpack

    Remember, think in ounces, not pounds. Pack your pack and weigh yourself. Add 6 pounds for community gear. Your pack should not weigh more than 25-33% of your body weight.


    • Backpack w/frame & waist belt [50-60 L]
    • Tent, lightweight (can pair with another)
    • Sleeping Bag (lightweight)
    • old’ Bed Sheet liner (Optional)
    • Pillow (small) [or cloth bag for clothing]
    • Sleeping Pad (lightweight foam)
    • Water Bottle (32 oz. Nalgene®, wide-mouth)
    • Cup, 10-12 oz. (with handle)
    • ‘Mess Kit’ (fork; spoon; bowl)
    • Bible (small)
    • (2) #2 Pencils (wood)

    ESSENTIALS [Survival] Kit

    • Pocket Knife &/or Multi-Tool (small saw)
    • Flashlight (additional flashlight optional)
    • Compass (baseplate-type)[*Brunton® 7DNL]
    • Whistle
    • ‘Survival’ mirror (small)
    • Matches & water-proof Container
      OR  Metal match (Magnesium fire-starter)
    • Cordage (20 ft. rope/paracord) (Optional)
    • Water Purification System       (Optional)

    FIRST-AID KIT (zipper-lock bag)

    • *NexCare® bandages; pads; tape
    • Moleskin pads (blister protection)
    • Antibiotic Ointment (optional)


    • Sunglasses
    • gloves
    • Wristwatch
    • Trekking poles or Hiking Staff

    All prescription medications must be checked-in with the Camp Medical Officer at registration! NO Electronic Devices allowed at camp.  Phones may be secured at Camp Wilderness.