"baptism" of fresh summer-campers
Fried Kampes (Fried.Kampes@BIBL.WKAO.WAU.NL)
Tue, 11 Oct 1994 12:32:36 +0100
I am an assistant scout-master in the "Lingegroep", a troup of boys aged 10-
14, in the village of Zetten, near Wageningen, The Netherlands. Glad to meet
We have a long tradition of camping in the beginning of July, the fist week
of school summer holliday. These camps are very well organised and run very
smoothly, providing a lot of fun for all participants.
Only one thing is not really organised, though it is an old tradition too:
the "kampdoop", the initialisation of the boys and leaders who never before
attended a summer camp. Traditionally this "feast" is quite rough, the
victims having to crawl through dirt, mud or (at best) water, or being
dragged allong blindfolded on carts, pulled by the "experienced" campers.
This happening, as you will understand by now, is organised by the older boys
who have been the victims themselves in past years, en therefore tend to be
somewhat sadistic... as far as we will allow them!
Yet we want the uglier facets of this "baptism" taken away, without really
breaking the tradition of the "kampdoop", the initialisation to camping.
One of the suggestions was to let the newbies cook pancakes and lay the table
in an official manner, serving the product of their culinary practices to the
experienced campers, or something along that line. If only it is fun, non-
violent, and SAFE for all (I am the official first-aider, y'see).
My question: are there any friendly suggestions from other parts of this wide
scouting-world?? Manny, many thanks in advance!!
Fried Kampes, Scouting Zetten, Lingegroep
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