Re: Year Around School Program
Ronald B. Oakes (oakes@CIG.MOT.COM)
Mon, 22 Aug 1994 15:40:46 +0000
> There is talk in my council of the schools going to a year round school
> program perhaps next year. The plans that I hear discussed the most are
> something like attend school for six weeks and then be out of school for two
> weeks, or attend for three months and then be out for one month. It appears
> that at any given time, there would be 25 percent of the kids out of school
> and 75 percent in school.
> Very likely some of you already have gone to there or something similar in
> your schools. My question is what does this do to the Scouting program,
> especially the summer camp programs. It would seem to me that you could end
> up with kids in the Troops having different out of school times, and I could
> see major problems with the kids that work on the summer camp staffs. You
> might end up with needing more than one set of staffers.
> Any one gotten involved in this sort of thing yet and what are the solutions?
From my perspective (my sister a School Teacher very opposed to the idea
has filled me in on a lot of this) is that for the long term you may just
want to ride this out. Chances are very good that it will only last a few
Albuquerque (my home town, and I am not related to John Oakes who recently
joined us from there) just returned to traditional schooling after about
3-4 years with some of the schools Year Round. I also know that most of
the parts of the Denver area that went through this returned.
As for dealing with scouting if your local school (or one of them) goes
Year Round, you may need to make some modifications to the program. If you
have the leadership, provide a long term camp during the "summer" month
when your Scouts are off. You may need to provide two or three of these
depending on how many different rotations your unit is on. If necessary
find two other units in the same boat and switch scouts (Troop 1 gets all
of Troop 1, 2 and 3's scouts who are off in June, Troop 2 in July and Troop
3 in August). If your entire council is effected, make sure they don't
decide to shut down the camp. If the High Schools are effected, summer
camps will be hard pressed to provide staff. You may need to consider out
of council options.
You may also explore doing some long term activities during the other
breaks. If all of your scouts are on one rotation -- If this hapens be
sure to thank the appropriate higher authority -- you may even be able to do
a 3-5 day winter or spring camp.
Let your committee know that you will need some additional support,
especially if you have to have more than one long term camp.
The bottom line is to not let the school district ruin your scouting
program. Take advantage of the extra breaks, and adjust as much as you
Ronald B. Oakes
Scoutmaster, Troop 91
One month before my retirement as SM takes effect :-|
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