Re: Camp MB Registration
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Tue, 26 Jul 1994 00:33:04 BST
> > At Camp Baldwin, Merit Badges are signed-up for after Sunday dinner.
> > They have a quick infomercial for each program area. Each program
> > area (camping, handicraft, aquatics, etc..) has their own table set
> > up near the parade ground. After the infomercials, there is a lottery
> > held and the winning troop gets to be dismissed to make a walking
> > bee-line for the table of their choice.
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> > How do other camps handle it?
At Camp Baden-Powell this year the Program Director mailed a simple
pre-registration form out with the camp information package to troops for
them to return by mail or fax (not email as yet ). Included was a list of
prerequisites for each badge. A few booked on the day of arrival.
On arrival at camp, at check-in, each Scoutmaster and SP/L were given a list
of what their Scouts were doing, broken down by name and program session ;
each counselor had a list of Scouts to expect at each session, and the
master copy was on the computer so if anything needed changing he just ran
off an updated printout. We had an open house on the first evening for the
Scoutmasters to raise any questions with the area directors, but very few
did. Where kids completed MBs they could sign up for others by coming to
the camp office, and their schedule would be updated.
It worked brilliantly ! No milling bodies, and it meant that the kids
<ought> to have done pre-requisites, since they knew they were registered.
I'm not sure, but I think that Scouts whose units pre-registered got their
first choice of MBs, because classes were scheduled and staff allocated
It will be the same next year, except that we will try to have a few more
PCs for staff to use and maybe set up a LAN. The camp telephone system would
not work with my modem but we are working on that problem too. [ BTW,
because I was expected to run my modem from camp I had not cancelled my
Scouts-L mail, and had 280 messages on my return home. Fortunately my
service provider is fairly generous with temporary storage allocation! ]
Actually, apart from the modem problem the telecomms were pretty good. We
had radio links between outlying areas,the camp office and the two medics ;
field telephones ; mobile cellphones and the use of the existing camp
exchange telephone and fax. What was Scout camp like before the invention
of all these toys ?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City