Re: Scout camps
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sat, 19 Jun 1993 00:17:00 +0100
Having experienced both systems I'm amazed at the apparent BSA policy (if
my reading is correct) to concentrate on " mega camps " . I suppose the
deal is that the camps are professionally staffed and run a merit-badge
summer school program which demands facilities. I was also surprised at
just how standardised the camps are in terms of what MBs have to be
offered to qualify for National approval.
Here in UK we have over a hundred campsites, ranging from the
International Centre at Gilwell Park to small district sites. Greenwich
distrioct in SE London has a 7 acre site, 3 acres of grass and 4 acres of
wood. Facilities are a toilet/shower block , a small hut and a
store/tractor shed. The site is staffed by volunteer Scouters on a rota.
It is used by Scout patrols for weekend camping, and for Cub Scout camps.
Larger sites may have a climbing wall or other facilities. One County
(council) site, Buckmore Park (Kent) has a full size indoor swimming pool,
a roller skating rink with disco lighting, a climbing wall and an
international standard go-kart track. When the Scouts are not karting it
is used by clubs to raise money for the upkeep of the site.
Typically different sites have different activities, e.g. Downe (Kent) has
Biggin Hill Airport nearby. our county has probably the smallest Scout
facility on record - a plot of land about twenty by thirty FEET with a
wooden hut on. This is used as a base for tours of the airfield and for
aviation courses for Cubs and Scouts.
I think that there IS a scope for small facilities, provided that they can
be staffed by volunteers.
Committee Member, 25th Greenwich Scout Group (Cub Scout helper)
ASM BSA Troop 401, American School in London
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City