Re: summer camp
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Sat, 27 Jun 1992 11:05:12 CDT
I just returned from as week of Boy Scout summer camp as a leader (my first
trip back to a week-long camp in about 25 years...), so I will share my
experiences of what camp was like for us leaders at the Salmen Scout
Reservation (Perkington, MS) this year.
You should always travel to and from any BSA activity in full uniform; it
is BSA policy. We were expected to wear uniforms at the evening meal and
campfires. I would recommend the khaki and olive uniform. BSA recently
approved it for lady Webelos leaders and it will allow you to "fit in"
better -- more important for your dealings with chauvinistic male leaders
than the boys!
Casual clothes were acceptable (recommended even!) for the other meals and
Your Council's Scout Leader's Camp Book (if they print one each year) is
required reading! It should explain all camp rules and policies, include
schedules for activities and merit badge programs, and have a list of
"special events" for the leaders.
In addition to helping the Scouts "prepare" our campsite for the daily
inspections (The two troops in our campsite won first and second place
for the best campsite -- we were #1!) and other routine work like
"encouraging" the boys to do the less glamorous merit badge requirements,
some of the leaders served as volunteer leaders on a series of theme-
based overnight trips. I personally helped a friend run the morning
instructional swim three days, helped repair four canoes with some adult
OA members, went fishing, took some of the boys to a backpacking seminar,
went to a leader's cracker barrel, and participated in a leader's archery
shoot against the Camp Director. (He was going to bring anyone who beat
him breakfast in his/her tent, but no one did because he was a "ringer,"
having tried out for the Olympic team several times... grrrrrr!)
We also had a genuine medical emergency. The branch on which we had set
up a rope swing broke and fell on two boys. They both wound up in a
nearby hospital with fractured skulls.... (Wear helmets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Thankfully, both are expected to recover completely, but it was certainly
an experience I won't soon forget. The camp staff was super and did a
marvellous job treating and stabilizing the boys until professional help
could take over. Pay attention in that first aid course!
In short, I guess you could be bored if you never left the camp site, but
if there is a well-planned program and you participate in it, you won't
have enough time to do everything... and very little time for reading!
(leaving tomorrow for four days of Camp Akela....)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City