Re: Adventure Patrol
Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Fri, 11 Sep 1992 10:12:48 EDT
At our summer camp (Lost Lake Scout Reservation, Clinton Valley
Council, Michigan), we have had a similar program for
several years. It was started about the same time as the
latest big revision in advancement requirements.
It is called Pathfinders and is targetted for first year
scouts, not necessarily first year campers. It consists
of four class periods each day. Each class covers one
of the major areas needed for advancement - Scoutcraft,
Aquatics, Nature and Handicraft. The handicraft classes
were rather lame, but that is an ongoing problem at LLSR.
The others were pretty well done.
There were additional special programs during the week.
The camp encourages troops to provide adults who attend
the classes along with the scouts.
The program is aimed at completing the requirements to
reach First Class. The staff members teaching the classes
don't sign off on requiremetns directly, but issued
certificates for thses completed. The scouts' patrol
leaders are supposed to re-test the scouts skill
levels before signing their books.
The program works pretty well. My only complaint with
it is that it becomes so time intensive that the scouts
in Pathfinders don't have opportunities to take advantage
of anything else at summer camp. For example, they are
told not to take any merit badge classes. But it did
a reasonable job of developing basic skill and knowledge
levels in the calss areas.
Chartered Organization Representative, Troop and Pack 188
Ojibwa District, Clinton Valley Council. BSA
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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