Re: Camporee Organization
Paul Russell (PRUSSELL@IUBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 3 Aug 1992 13:36:50 EST
We were experimenting with a "Host Troop" concept for a while (until our
district was merged with another and we had to abandon the experiment
because too many of the incoming folks function in "We've never done it
that way" mode). I believe that we ran at least 3 camporees that way.
Essentially, one troop accepted the responsibility for selecting the
theme and related events, recruiting boys and adults (from their own
troop or from others) to run the events, and organizing the chapel
service and campfire program. The district camporee chairman took care
of administrative stuff like reserving the site (usually a council camp)
recruiting staff for registration and the campsite inspection team, and
organizing the cracker barrel. Nearly everyone involved seemed to like
the concept, and I had "host troop" commitments for a year in advance
at the time of our district merger. Previously, we had recruited youth
staff members from troops throughout the district to organize and run
each camporee. Unfortunately, our volunteer force seemed to consist of
the same core group time after time, and our camporees were beginning to
get a bit stale. IMHO, there are several advantages to the "host troop"
(1) New and different people with new and different ideas are involved
in the planning process.
(2) The members of the planning group already know each other and have
experience working together. In addition, the group already has a
fixed schedule of meetings, so there are few (if any) extra
meetings to add to already crowded calendars.
(3) Individuals members of the group seem less likely to decide to
slough off responsibility, which always seemed to be a problem when
the camporee staff consisted of individuals with no real binding tie
to one another.
(4) There is less work for the camporee chairman. (I liked that!)
Larger troops may be able to fulfill all of the staffing needs from
within the troop, though they may want to request assistance from other
troops, anyway. Smaller troops will almost certainly have to either
(a) request assistance from other troops, or (b) pool resources with
another small troop so that the camporee is hosted by two (or more)
troops, rather than by a single troop.
YiS, pdr (Just back from a week on staff at Boy Scout summer camp)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City