Re: Webeloes Summer Camp
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Fri, 22 Jul 1994 15:02:44 -0800
RE>Webeloes Summer Camp
Rather than quote the entire message, let it suffict to say it was a request
for assistance on how to prepare for Webelos Summer Camp.
I'm getting ready to lead a group of 1st and 2nd year Webelos boys to Summer
Camp beginning the 31st of August. There will be 22 boys and 4 adults,
including myself! I and my assistant will be responsible for 13 of them.
These 13 boys are within hours of converging on my house for a backyard
campout to prepare them for the experience. And YES there will be two boys
similar to your description in this group. One of which as a Tiger Cub
almost fired an F15 missle at Vancouver, WA (but that's another story). Here
is our agenda and objectives for this brief campout.
4:00-4:30pm -- boys arrive at my house
4:30-5:00pm -- Setup Tents / Arrange sleeping bags
5:00-5:30pm -- Prepare cooking coals and foil dinners (each boy brings his
5:30-6:00pm -- Talk about camp (THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY)! Set expectations,
what is going to happen at camp, what is
appropriate FUN and what is not,
set camp rules. Go over Outdoor Code.
6:00-6:30pm -- Eat foil dinner.
6:30-7:30pm -- Knife Safety course / Time to Whittle
7:30-8:30pm -- Shoot Water rockets / Get Wet (It's 103 today)
8:30-9:00pm -- Cook Bisquets on a stick over camp coals.
9:00-10:00pm - Campfire
10:00-10:15pm -- Get ready for bed
10:15-10:30pm -- Flashlite game.
10:30pm LIGHTS OUT
8:00am-8:30am -- Time to get up / clean up!
8:30am-9:30am -- Breakfast
9:30am-10:30am - Outdoor game (world cup soccer)
10:30-11:00am -- Pack up belongings and take down campsite.
11:00am -- Go Home
The objective of this activity is to begin developing partnerships and
expectations among the boys and the leaders (Yes, those leaders going to camp
are here). We practice the buddy system and provide rewards for those
buddies that do well. It's also a time to make leaders aware of possible
problems and to be able to confront those problems before they happen.
I've done this activity in the past and have suggested it many times to other
leaders. The end result and benefit that I've seen is those that take the
time to do this pre-camp outing, look and act more organized when it comes
time for camp. They tend to have less problems than other groups and we
often hear comments on how well-behaved our boys are.
Good luck and have fun!
Peter Van Houten
Cubmaster and Webelos Leader
Date: 7/22/94 2:20 PM
To: Peter Van Houten
From: SCOUTS-L Youth Groups Discussi
Our 1st and 2nd year Webeloes leave Monday, a.m. for 4 days, 3 nights as
a first camping experience. One trained Cub Master/Leader (a very
mild-mannered quiet man) and 3 dads will go with the group of 13 boys.
The dads have plenty of outdoor experience, (my husband included), but
maybe not as much kid group experience as one might hope for.
The 2nd-year webeloes have a pretty onery kid who takes a lot of pride in
his misdeeds. (The best part of day camp according to him was throwing
clay balls at leaders, and breaking a guys glasses). Two or three of the
other boys are followers, and will gladly participate in anything he
cooks up. There are also a couple of kids who will be the natural target
of the "renegades". (I've been leader/assistant to the group since they
were tigers, but I'm not a camper.)
The Cub Master/Leader is *always* flabergasted when "atilla the hun"
pulls a prank, and never knows what to do! So it looks like it is going
to be up to the "dads" to be prepared. In any other situation, I as the
assistant leader, would consider setting the group down for a discussion
of what behavior the kids think should be expected of them, and what
calls for discipline, prior to the beginning of the event. I would also
encourage a discussion of the spirit of scouting, and have the kids
verbalize what they expect to gain from camp. (Sometimes this tips me
off as to what might be trouble areas!)
But since I'm not going, and nobody else is a "discussion leader", what
do you suggest? The boys have never exhibited a tendency toward
"positive peer pressure", probably because nobody has emerged as a
leader, except for "attila the hun".
I'd like to see this be a great experience for the kids because some of
them are likely to quit after their Arrow of Light, unless camping is a
If you think I'm just a worry wart, I can probably take the heat ;). I
like to think of myself as being well-prepared, since my co-leader was
always caught off-guard.
By the way, the kids respond well to a reward system of any kind, as long
as it immediate.
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail:
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City