Mark S. Beckstrom (markb31936@AOL.COM)
Fri, 16 Jul 1993 19:11:40 EDT
I've just returned from my third delightful WEBELOS resident Camping
have some questions and comments.
We had eleven boys from our Pack participate. As in past years we used
tents borrowed from the local Boys Scout Troop. This year we were informed
camps leaders introduction meeting, that BSA regulations require 36 sq ft
per scout in
a tent. Does this mean that the Voyager tent can't be used as a two man
there any provisions in the regulations as to length of stay at camp,
the Scout? The camp did not enforce the requirement this year, but I wonder
what will happen in the future. The Voyager tent seems to be an ideal size
for two WEBELOS Scouts on short term camping. And yes, the eleventh boy was
tripled up in a tent. Crowded, but no complaints from the boys.
Cooking. Camp Big Timber allows each Pack to pick dinning in or site
our session our pack and one other picked at site cooking. The rest chose to
prepared meals at the dining facility. There was one mandatory meal that all
cooked at site. Although cooking meals ourselves took some time away from
"freetime" activities, I think that introducing the Scouts to cooking,
cleanup, and the other duties of camping at the WEBELOS stage is an important
step in a Scout growth. We used a duty roster so each boy had a chance to be
cook or assistant cook. For two of the boys this was the first time they had
ever prepared a real meal by themselves.
Parents visiting. We encouraged parents to visit camp for a short stay
daytime organized activities. Cub Scouting is a family activity and keeping
parents active in the program, showing interest in their sons' activity has
problem. Anytime we can get their involvement is wonderful.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City