Re: Council camp size
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 20 Jun 1994 17:23:20 EDT
If the camp is run with a cental dinning facility, the camp should
be limited to the number that can be fed in about 45 minutes, or
you have to go on a rotating meal schedule which can be done but
can also complicate program planning.
If you have patrol style kitchens, and meals and some program
are run at the troop sites, your main limitations are the
program areas, number of complete troop sites, and staff.
I have been at large camp complexes like Sabatis and Massaweepee
in the Adirondaks and seen a program run very well with over
200 scouts in camp. On the other side, I have seen lack of QUALIFIED
(trained) staff ruin a camp with only about 125 scouts. And lack
of program and planning can ruin any camp, no matter how great
the facilites. And a well planned program, rotating scouts on
a schedule through the program area, can also help make up
for limited facilites.
Each camp has it's limits. I find it hard to pick a number that
would fit every camp. 100 might be too much for a small camp
with limited facilities and staff. 200 could be too few for
some of the larger facilities with combinations or central meals
and patrol style cooking. But, I also agree that a campfire program
for more than 200 takes a special set up. But it cam be done.
I think the bottom line is how well the camp director has worked
to make the program fit the camp, and how prepared the camp staff
are to work with the scouts in each program area, and how FLEXIBLE
the can be when it rains are week, or no one shows up for certain
merit badge areas, and also how effective the scout master is at
getting the scouts out to the program areas on time etc.
A sucessful summer camp takes work by everyone!!!
my .02 cents
scouter izard at ubvm.cc.buffalo.edu
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