Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 2 Jun 1993 11:00:53 EDT
Our council used to have THREE(!) summer camps, and the program varried
at each camp, from TROOP run, patroll cooking at the site, to a STAFF
run central mess hall, "CLUB MED" camp. All three camps had PLUS and
Minus factors, and troops used to rotate from camp to camp year to year.
Or maybe one week at CLUB MED for newer scouts, and a second week at
the more RUSTIC do it yourself camp for the more seasoned scouts.
Since they were all council camps, the council provided the staff and
all the equipment! Waterfront SAFTY, canoes, craft lodge with supplys
etc. It made it easy for the Leaders to provide a long term camp.
However, we still ran HIGH adventure treks, either at other COUNCIL
programs such as the Adirondak Scout Reservation facilities, or 50 milers
of our own design along the Adirondak trail.
It is difficult for a council to run a quality program with out SCOUTS.
Units will not often return to a camp after ONE bad year, but our troop
has almost always had at least ONE week at OUR council camp. Some years
have been WAY better than others, I leave it at that. Don't judge a
council on only one year, or one CAMP director! Last year we had
6 inches of rain in 6 days at camp! Scouts still completed LIFE saving,
almost out of necessity! Will we go back? Yes we will! We will also go
for an Adirondak Trek again? Yes we will! We also have three scouts
and two staff going to national Jamboree, plus a seperate VISIT trip
to the jambo for the younger scouts. And we have a CREW already to
register for Philmont next year.
So whats my point? 1) Don't judge a camp program ONLY on one bad year.
2) Even if that camp has a great program every year, there are still
other GREAT options to explore outside of your council camp. But 3), if
we don't SUPPORT our camps with attendance, and HELP improve the
programs via your INPUT and even STAFFING, YOU have no rights to just
complain and/or NOT go!
Don Izard, 93 Jambo staff, IF I can find a rebuilt transmission by then!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City