Year-round School and Scouting
Bruce Madsen (bmadsen@DSD.ES.COM)
Tue, 30 Nov 1993 08:44:51 MST
> The school district where I live is considering adopting a year-round
> calendar. The exact details as to dates have not been worked out yet.
> My concern is how this will affect our scouting program, namely summer
> camps. Since every school district in Texas can (and does) adopt different
> schedules, it seems it would be impossible to hold council wide summer
> camp programs. Our council currently has around 11 counties, but probably
> over 50 school districts!
> My questions is towards those areas of the country (or world) who have
> year-round school and how they deal with their summer camp programs.
> Any advice and experiences would be appreciated.
The school district where I live has year-round schools, but only for
the elementary schools. This hasn't posed any problems relative to
summer camps since all tracks in the year-round schools have July off,
and those that are 12 years old (6th grade) will be going into jr.
high/middle school the following September and also have August off (I
should point out that this area has a high LDS population and the 11
year-old scouts -- "Blazers" -- typically don't participate in summer
camps). Also, most Council camps don't start their summer camp
programs until the end of June.
The only difficulty I've seen is where a 12-year old, still in 6th
grade, wanted to attend the Jr. Leader Training Camp (_Silver
Moccasin_ in our Council), which is always around the 3rd week in
June; he had to skip school for a week, but everyone agreed it was
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