The Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch is more than just merit badges. From high adventure to programs you won’t find anywhere else, Medicine Mountain is filled with ways to make this your best summer ever.

In the evening, Scouts can take part in many activities with their Troop and friends.


Take a thrilling ride down our 100-yard zipline! Participants will need to be in great physical shape to climb up to the launching platform. Participants must be under 250 pounds. Our zipline is limited to 15 participants each evening it is offered, with participants paying $10.00 each.

Flying Squirrel

The flying squirrel is an exhilarating experience where participants are accelerated up into the air from the ground. Flying squirrel is limited to 15 participants each evening it is offered, with participants paying $10.00 each.

Shooting Sports

Take your best shot at archery, shotgun, and rifle shooting. Medicine Mountain even offers specialty shooting programs like paintball. There is no cost to participate in open archery shooting. Scouts currently enrolled in shotgun or rifle are not required to pay an additional fee to participate in open shoots. Scouts not enrolled in these merit badges will need to pay $5 (25 shots) for rifle or $15 (25 shots) for shotgun at the trading post. Paintball runs $7.50 (50 shots) per participant.


Cool off at one of the coldest lakes you’ll ever go in! Swim, canoe, sail, kayak, or go log rolling in our aquatics area. The aquatics area also offers a polar plunge every Friday morning and a mile swim every Thursday afternoon.

Spoof Merit Badges

Each year Medicine Mountain selects a few spoof merit badges to offer during our evening program blocks. They’ve included duct tape merit badge, UFO sightseeing, and Zombie Survival.

Medicine Mountain Hike

Each summer, hundreds of Scouts and adults take a four-hour roundtrip hike to the summit of Medicine Mountain. Once up top, hikers will enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley that lays below.  Also seen from the summit are the top three highest peaks in South Dakota; Black Elk Peak, Odakota Mountain, and Bear Mountain.

ATV Trail Rides

Scouts and adults that are currently enrolled in one of our ATV courses or that have gone through an ASI ATV course before are able to go on one of our evening trail rides. Trail rides last an hour and cost $20.00 per person.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Youth and adults are invited down to our Outdoor Skills Area to learn about dutch over cooking. Participants will learn about the proper techniques while cooking up a scrumptious dessert.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

All youth and adults are invited to take part in a special flag retirement ceremony at our amphitheater while at camp. If a unit is interested in being apart of this ceremony please let our Camp Program Director know during check-in on Sunday.

Deadwood Gulch Paintball

Who doesn’t like paintball? Both youth and adults can participate in our walk-through paintball range, which is modeled after the western town of Deadwood. As you walk along the trail, participants will take aim at buildings, interactive targets, and various other items. There is no limit on the amount of people that can participate. An additional fee of $5.00 per person will be required to participate in this program.

Rumble in the Mountains Relay Race

Rumble in the Mountains is a relay race for individuals or teams. Units may field as many individuals or teams as they would like. Participants will race around Medicine Mountain and have to complete a challenge to continue to the next station. Participants carry a match, which must be lit after fetching a floating oar in Lake Alexander. Fastest team or individuals gets the trophy and bragging rights.

Mountain Fest

It’s an end-of-the-week celebration on Friday evening in our parade field. Each area hosts a special activity or game, there is a branding station, sweet deals and music at our Trading Post. Mountain fest concludes with our closing campfire in our newly renovated 650 seat amphitheater.