Re: New Camping Award for Scouts
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Sat, 18 Dec 1993 16:00:15 CDT
Olan Watkins <o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM> writes:
>Question for Mike Walton or any one else that has run into this.
>There is a revised camping log out for turn in with charters for the
>National camping award and this new log indicates that there is a seperate
>award for each Scout depending on days of camping. Since there was not any
>other information in the package on the award, I called BSA National and was
>informed that there was a write up on the new award in the publication that
>only the professional Scouters receive, "Prospeak" I believe is the name of
>the publication. I was told that the write up was in the May or June 1992
I haven't seen anything on this, and I was expecting a call or two
back on Wednesday from some folks that would have a better idea of
what it is, so I finished talking with the Western Region's Camping
Administrator in California (thanks to time differences) and this is
what I've found out so far (I haven't heard/seen anything else in
print, so if someone else has something in print, my fax number is
The new National Camping Award out for Scouts and Scouters. In the
past, the award simply consisted of a green ribbon and a certificate
for the Troop; and if the Troop wanted to, a ribbon for each Patrol
that qualified. This year, the BSA decided to recognize the efforts
of each Scout or Scouter that has participated in camping activities.
On the back of the camping log, is space for each Scout and Scouter to
enter in the amount of camping they have taken part in over the past
year. This camping can be with the unit, with the family or on their
The lady at the Western Region office said that "This is a statistical
nightmare for us...it's a good thing that a lot of Councils are not
using it right now". In addition to the ribbons and certificate, each
LOCAL COUNCIL now has the option of presenting special items (patches,
mugs, jackets, or other special order items) with the special
"National Camping" emphasis emblem on it along with the number of
nights camping: Unit Award (100 days), Bronze Award (250), Silver
Award (500) and Gold Award (1000 days). The old "Family Camping Belt
Buckles" can also be used for this purpose, with the small embedded
Scout emblems for the various levels as well.
Note that this is a LOCAL COUNCIL recognition and NOT a National
recognition. The National Camping Award information will remain (for
the time being) at the local level, where the Council staff will
prepare the certificates and obtain the recognitions for the awards.
Awards will still be made at the unit level.
The lady (she was speaking so fast, and we have the stereo turned up
loud here, so I couldn't understand her first name), also stated that
there's a Council booklet on the camping programs out , called simply
"Camping" (I think that I have a copy someplace, I'll look around this
evening...) BSA #33690, which explains the program.
That's all I know...please, if there's anyone else that knows more,
let me know...I haven't been able to find it in _ProSpeak_. Hey
Kathie, did you find it??
>It appears that the Unit Commissioner or the District Camping Chairman is
>required to sign off on this award for each boy. The person at National told
>me that family camping was countable also for this award. I can see a real
>headache coming up with the record keeping required.
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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