Scouts BSA Rail Camp | October 14-16, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

When is this event?
  • October 14-16, 2022 
  • Friday check-in is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a cracker barrel meeting for troop leaders and patrol leaders at 9 p.m. If you arrive after check-in has closed, you may check in the following morning from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center.
Where is this event?

North Carolina Transportation Museum

1 Samuel Spencer Dr

Spencer, N.C. 28159


What does this event include?

Two nights of camping on our 60-acre historic site

  • Hands-on transportation activities facilitated by museum educators to complete the Railroading Merit Badge
  • A 25-minute ride around the museum on our historic train
  • Experience a ride on the 1924 turntable, the centerpiece of railroad operations at the largest remaining roundhouse in North America
  • Museum scavenger hunt
  • Free time to explore the museum
  • Flag Ceremonies 
  • Skit / Talent Show Saturday night
  • Troop Banner Contest
  • Amateur Radio Operator for Jamboree-on-the-Air
How much does this event cost?
  • Registration cost is $30 plus $5.10 tax and handling fee for a total of $35.10 per participant.
  • Registration deadline is October 5, 2022.
What's the schedule of the event?

Friday check-in is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a cracker barrel meeting for troop leaders and patrol leaders at 9 p.m. If you arrive after check-in has closed, you may check-in the following morning from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center.

Saturday morning starts with a flag-raising ceremony at 8:45 a.m., then merit badge classes start at 9 a.m. You’ll have time at your campsite for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll have a train ride and time to explore the museum on your own. Saturday night there will be a Skit/Talent Show in the Back Shop starting at 7 p.m. Please keep the skits or talents clean and appropriate for the event.

Sunday morning you pack up and leave by 11 a.m.

NOTE: If a large number of scouts attend, we will split Saturday’s merit badge activities into morning and afternoon sessions, so half the troops would ride the train and explore the museum in the morning and have classes in the afternoon.

Can Cub Scouts attend?

No. We have a separate event for Cub Scouts each fall. Cub Scout Day is planned for October 8, 2022. Visit www.nctransportationmuseum.org for additional details.
An exception is Arrow of Light scouts who are associated with a Scouts BSA troop. They may take part in this event with their troop.

What about younger siblings?
No, except for special circumstances. Please contact us for more information.
What if it rains?

This event will be held rain or shine. Our activities are indoors and you can still attend them if you choose not to camp.

Are scouts allowed in the gift shop?

The Gift Station will be open to all visitors, including scouts, from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday. 

What do we need to bring for the merit badge workshop?
  • A printed merit badge worksheet for each scout


  • A pen or pencil for each scout
What requirements will be taught?

Scouts BSA Rail Camp covers everything required to earn the Railroading Merit Badge. Some requirements, such as riding a train, will be covered during your free time. Your troop will rotate through five 30-minute classes:

Class Requirement
Railroad Departments 3
Signals 7
Freight Trains and Locomotives 1 a, b, c, d (pick 3)
Plan an Amtrak Trip 2
Railroad Safety 4, 5, 6
Does someone at the museum sign scouts’ Blue Cards to earn their merit badge?

The museum does not sign Blue Cards, but sometimes we have a volunteer who will sign them.

This information will be provided at the leader briefing on Friday night or at the Saturday morning flag-raising ceremony. If this service is not available, your council can provide a list of merit badge counselors who will sign off on the worksheets completed during Rail Camp.

We currently have a merit badge counselor scheduled to attend Rail Camp to sign Blue Cards.

When do we get our event patches?
When you check-in at the Barber Junction Visitor Center. Each adult and scout attending receives an event patch.
What are the uniform requirements?
We do not have any uniform requirements. Most troops wear Class A uniforms, and some wear Class Bs. Dressing appropriately for the weather is important since most classes are in unheated buildings.
How do I register?

Online registration is available at this link https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6104029/scouts-bsa-rail-camp-spencer-north-carolina-transportation-museum. 

Your troop can also pay by check. Payment must be received no later than October 5, 2022. Please make checks out to NCTMF. Checks can be mailed to:

N.C. Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC 28159
Attn: June Hall


Can I register my scout individually?

Yes. However, we would prefer the Scout to attend with their Troop. If they attend individually a parent or guardian must also register and attend with the Scout.

What is the refund policy?

We do not offer refunds or exchanges, unless the camp itself is canceled or rescheduled due to weather or another emergency.

If the camp is canceled, we will offer a rain date. We will offer refunds for 30 days after the rain date is announced; after that we cannot give refunds.


Where and when do we check in?

Check-in on Friday evening is at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center adjacent to the parking lot, from 4 p.m to 9 p.m. If you arrive after check-in has closed, you may check in the following morning from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.

When do we leave?

Camp sites must be empty and clean by 11 a.m. Sunday morning. However, you can stay and enjoy the site on your own until 5 p.m.

Do we have to camp overnight?

No. You are welcome to attend Saturday’s activities without actually camping on site. You will check in Saturday morning at 8:00 am.

Where do we camp? Do we have to "backpack" our gear in?

Camping is in a grassy field adjacent to our historic buildings. The parking lot is close by, but you are welcome to practice packing in and camping from backpacks.

There will be a separate camping area for females if needed.


Can we have a campfire?

Yes. We have a limited number of burn barrels available, first-come-first-serve, or you can bring your own fire pit setup as long as it won’t damage the grass. You must provide your own firewood.

What about grills?

Anything that won’t damage the grass is fine.

Can we keep trucks/cars/trailers in the campsite?

Not during the camp, but you may bring one vehicle and one trailer into the campsite area during setup and pack up. Parking is very close to the camping area.

Is there access to water or electricity?

There will be a water spigot on the side of the brick restroom building near the camping area. We recommend you bring your own water cooler to keep at your campsite.

Electricity is available in a central location (to fill air mattresses, etc.) but will only be available at campsites to power medical devices. If you need electricity, please contact us after you buy your tickets.

What about food?

We do not have a dining hall and will not be providing food. The schedule allows at least an hour at mealtimes to prepare your own food at camp. There is a Food Lion within approximately ½ mile of the museum.

Are there adequate restroom facilities?

Yes. We have two sets of indoor restrooms within a short walk of the camping area.

What about showers?

We do not have showers available.

Banner Contest Information

The Banner Contest is designed to build Troop Spirit. The banners should convey N.C. Transportation History. They can be vertical or horizontal and may be staked or suspended at your campsite. They will be judged by how well they represent N.C. Transportation History. There will be a Grand Prize winner with a trophy and runner-ups are awarded certificates. Judging will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday and awards presented at Skit / Talent Show on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Additional Questions?

Please Contact

June Hall at june.hall@ncdcr.gov or 980-305-6274

Will Tate at william.tate@ncdcr.gov or 980-305-6271

Karen Bryant at karen.bryant@nctransportationmuseum.org or 980-305-6282 (Tuesday and Wednesday only)