Re: Year Around School Program
Bruce Madsen (bmadsen@DSD.ES.COM)
Tue, 23 Aug 1994 08:59:58 MDT
> 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?
The Elementary school that my children attend has been on a year round
program for many, many years (currently has 4 tracks; 9 weeks on, 3
off). The Middle and High Schools in the district are still on a
"regular" schedule, however, mostly because of all of the
extra-curricular programs, I believe (e.g., what happens when the star
football QB is also the star baseball pitcher and is off-track during
one of those seasons?).
Since it's just the elementary school, there really hasn't been a
conflict with summer camps. This is because the entire school is off
during the month of July, and everyone in 6th grade will be done by
this time -- so they have the full summer off (i.e., since the middle
school is on a regular schedule, they are guaranteed to have August
off as well). Most of the summer camps in our Council (Great Salt
Lake) run their camps from the beginning of July through mid-August.
I should add that in LDS ("Mormon") sponsored units, the 11-year old
Scouts (which are referred to as "Blazers") are not yet directly
involved with the Scout Troop, but have (pretty much) separate
activities, and usually do not attend week-long summer camp. Thus,
there is usually not a conflict for 11-year old scouts attending Camp
between the 5th and 6th grades (the area I live in has a high LDS
populace, and most of the units are sponsored by local LDS Wards; I
don't know how units sponsored by other organizations handle the
The only conflict I've had is when a 6th grader (12-year old) wanted
to attend our Council's week-long Jr. Leader Training camp ("Silver
Moccasin"), which is held in mid-June -- and he was still on-track.
Fortunately, the parents are very involved in the Scouting program,
and felt it worthwhile to pull their son out of school for that week.
Needless to say, the son didn't mind at all!
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