A question from the other side of the pond...spurred on a little by that youtube video someone posted on differences between UK and USA...
So, in my head, I've got the image of a BSA scout camp, but I've no idea how accurate that is.
Part of what is in my head is the hollywood version of "summer camp", there's always a lake, it's always in the woods, kids are sleeping in dorms, or huts, or something like that. Maybe I've watched Addams Family Values one too many times. Part is what I've read on here, merit badges are done, kids go swimming, kids do stuff. It sounds like there's an organised programme of events run by the campsite, so lots of kids from lots of troops go, and they do stuff laid on by the staff. But there's also "high adventure", and Philmont, but Philmont seems like hiking between activities or something. I'm being deliberately vague.
In return...in the UK, I'd say it's a broad church.
Last week we took 27 explorer scouts up to the Peak District here in the UK, it's rather picturesque, we did some active stuff, canoeing, climbing on proper rocks not climbing walls with artificial holds, caving, abseiling off an old railway viaduct 90' high, went for a swim in the local public pool, and they also did a two day lightweight expedition, carrying their kit, and feeding themselves with what they took. They also had two nights cooking for themselves in teams, using dutch ovens on open fires, and most days one team would be cooking breakfast for everyone, and another would wash-up for everyone.
On the other hand, a friend of mine has taken his scouts to a local site with no activities, where I think they will be in their patrols all week, playing team games, learning scout skills, probably cooking and looking after themselves as a patrol.
One year we went to Portugal, and did a lot of sightseeing, as well as activities. One explorer described it as "great fun, a brilliant holiday, not what I'd call a scout camp exactly", and another year we hosted some Portuguese scouts, who we took sightseeing in London for a few days.
Other troops might take their scouts to something like Essex International Jamboree, where there are thousands of scouts all together, while others might borrow a farmer's field that has not much more than a tap.
Do you have the same variety in the states? Or is it that most do one thing, and a few do other things?