San Diego-Imperial Council celebrates 100 years of service.

Balboa Activity Arcs

Arcs are earned at Camp Balboa for participating in weekend camp activities, Wood Tool Safety & Use, Knots & Rope Making, Compass, No To Drugs, Cooking, Campfire, Skits, Songs, and many more.

Units camping at Balboa and participate in the activities available can earn Arcs to circle the Balboa patch twice and make a colorful patch that is 6 1/2" in diameter.

What do Activity Arcs do for "YOU"?

When you come to Camp Balboa the Arc program will make it easy to get your Scouts to work on some of their advancement and activity requirements. Several of the Arcs parallel those activities. i.e.; Knife Safety, Camping, Scouts Own, Knots, and Fire Safety.

You and your unit leaders can plan your weekend program around many of the Arc activities.

"Scouts will do almost anything for a patch."

Two or three active outings at Camp Balboa will usually create a vest patch 4.5".

San Diego-Imperial Council Camp Balboa Activity Arcs

Weekend Camping/Activity Activity-Arc segments to circle the Balboa Camp Patch.

Activity Arc Patch Balboa Camp Patch
Americanism Activity Arc


Discuss what it means to be a good American citizen
Archery Activity Arc


Learning technique and shooting skills with the bow & arrow
ArrowheadActivity Arc


Second campout at Camp Balboa & Service Project
Astronomy Activity Arc


Identification of various constellations
Bear Scout Activity Arc

Bear Scout

Discuss what is a good Bear Scout to you
Brave Activity Arc


Third campout at Camp Balboa & service project
Campfire Activity Arc


Participate in a campfire with another unit in camp
Camping Activity Arc


Camp at Camp Balboa with your unit
Ceremony Activity Arc


Unit Awards or Flag Retirement Ceremony at Camp Balboa
Chief Activity Arc


Forth campout at Camp Balboa & service project
Compass Activity Arc


Learn to find your way with a compass
Cooking Activity Arc


Cook one of your patrol/den meals
Craft Activity Arc


Work on a Craft while at a Balboa weekend campout
Ecology Activity Arc


Discuss things that will clean up the world
Fight Hunger Activity Arc

Fight Hunger

Bring a Can, Box, or Bag of food, Give your reason for helping
Fire Safety Activity Arc

Fire Safety

Attend a class on fire building, use & safety
Fitness Activity Arc


Demonstrate four exercises for 15 minutes (total)
Flag Ceremony Activity Arc

Flag Ceremony

Participate in a flag ceremony with your den/patrol
Fleur-de-lis Activity Arc


Discuss the Scout Oath and Law in your own words
FriendshipActivity Arc


Friendship with Scouts from another country/council
Games Activity Arc


Play a game other than Football, Soccer, Baseball, with another unit
Handicap Awareness Activity Arc

Handicap Awareness

Go through the Handicap obstacle course
Hiking Activity Arc


Take the hike from camp to Balboa Park and back
Kites Activity Arc


Make a kite and fly it in camp
Knots Activity Arc


Learn and demonstrate knots at your rank level
Lashing Activity Arc


Demonstrate two types of lashings (Boy Scouts)
Music/Songs Activity Arc


Participate in songfest or lead 2 songs at campfire
Overnighter Activity Arc


Get the camping patch, camp over at least one night
Pine Tree Activity Arc

Pine Tree

Identify four plants or trees around the camp
Recycle Activity Arc


Identify four recyclable items brought to camp
Recruiter Activity Arc

Recruiter (FREE)

Bring a friend and sign him up for Scouting while at camp
Red Cross Activity Arc

Red Cross

Show emergency first aid for your rank
Safe at Home Activity Arc

Safe at Home

Discuss things to make your home safe and secure
Say No to Drugs Activity Arc

Say No to Drugs

What do you think about drug problems & abuse
Scouts Own Activity Arc

Scouts Own

Participate in a Religious Service (Scouts Own)
Service Project Activity Arc

Service Project

Give a hour of service to make the Camp better
Air Rifle Activity Arc

Air Rifle

Learning technique and shooting skills with the air rifle
Skits Activity Arc


Make or remake a skit and show it at campfire
Sports Activity Arc


Play a sport in the field with another unit
Swimmer Activity Arc


Do the safe swim requirements for your rank
Three Finger Activity Arc

Three Finger

Explain the Scout Sign to the Campmaster
Tiger Scout Activity Arc

Tiger Scout

Explain what is a good Tiger Cub
Two Finger Activity Arc

Two Finger

Explain the Cub Scout Sign to the Campmaster
Webelos Scout Activity Arc

Webelos Scout

Discuss what is a good Webelos Scout to you
Wolf Scout Activity Arc

Wolf Scout

Discuss what is a good Wolf Scout to you
Wood Tools Activity Arc

Wood Tools

Participate in the Knife, Ax, and Saw safety course
Zoo Activity Arc


Visit the Zoo or take the behind the scenes tour