Re: Adventure Patrol
Tom Richardson Chem Dept 792-7791 (DICKSONT@CITADEL.BITNET)
Fri, 11 Sep 1992 10:57:36 FULL
The summer camp program at Camp HoNonWah, Coastal Carolina Council, has
for several years had a TRIBE program (I forget the acronym) which puts
New and Tenderfoot Scouts into a setting which is modeled after the new
Scout patrol as described in the present program. In the course of the
week, the Scout is exposed to the outdoor skills needed for advancement
to First Class . . . a Scout (Webelos or not) who joins in the spring and
then goes to camp and participates in TRIBE will very likely achieve
First Class within the year . . . it takes some time to get the ten
activities and the other "non-outdoor" requirements taken care of!
There are members of camp staff, usually 16-18 year olds, who serve in
the role of Troop Guide . . . and the Assistant Scoutmaster for the
new Scout patrol is the director of the TRIBE area . . .
I have been pleased with the results . . . the young scouts are with fellows
their own age/size for much of the day . . . they learn how the patrol
system works . . .
Also there is built into the program time at handicraft . . . one or two
merit badges can be earned here . . . emphasis is placed on Indian Lore
and those who made blue swimmer at checkin generally earn Swimming MB.
In the old days (skill award days) there was a similiar program which
addressed skill award skills . . .
An important point . . . the camp staff does NOT sign off the Scout's book.
I receive a report at the end of the week detailing the activities that
the TRIBE Scout has participated in, etc. It is then up to me/my assistant
to review, etc, the Scout and do the actual sign-off.
Tom Richardson Assoc Prof Chemistry Department
DICKSONT@CITADEL.BITNET Charleston SC 29409
Scoutmaster, Troop 700, Summerville SC 29483
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