Re: First Year Program at Camp
hilding holroyd (blustone!pennies!hilding@UUNET.UU.NET)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 07:49:48 EST
> As I posted before, I'm going to be the director of the first year camper
> program at Phillips Reservation Camp in Haugen, WI. This is the first year
> they are putting a director in the program. The past years I have been not
> that happy with the program. The next couple of months I will be asking for
> opinions and information. If anyone is a camp director, went to camp, or any
> person wanting to help me form this, please respond.
> The first questions is our camp has the FYC (First Year Camper program) for
> three hours in the morning. It is the biggest program at camp, so the hours
> are needed so each Scout gets the chance to learn the material. My staff and
> will not sign off things just because we did it and they didn't or they just
> did it once. Then in the afternoon they have merit badges for them (they say
> three merit badges). I feel for a scout going up there for the first time,
> they should get to enjoy camp also. My opinion is not put stress on the merit
> badges, but getting through the first three ranks. I want to set a program
> where the FYC will schedule events in the afternoon, Totin' Chip, Fire Chit,
> etc and have FYC work time so they can come and work on there skills. I feel
> too many Scouts are leaving the FYC and not knowing the material. I feel that
> FYC Scouts should take the program and work on no more than ONE merit badge.
> If the Scoutmasters work it out right, the FYC scouts should be done with
> Tenderfoot after working with the troop and ending it at camp so they should
> get something at their court of honor. My main concern is too many scouts are
> getting sign off for things they don't know anything about.
> Should my FYC program stress the merit badge work or helping the FYC scouts in
> the afternoon. What does your camp do where you live?
> Bill O'Connell
> Director of the FYC program
I have taken a troop to summer camp for the last 5 summers. My standard
program for first year campers is to encourage signing up for the first
year program (not mandatory but HEAVILY pushed). I REQUIRE that a first
year scout take First Aid MB, after that, they can choose anything they
want. This kinda' goes back to when First Aid was required for First Class.
I thought that was pretty reasonable, so I push it. Besides, what,
outside of first aid, will these Scouts be using the rest of their life??
Usually, as you note above, if a camper is "into" the first year camper
program, the maximum MB they can work on is 3 or 4. For the Scouts I have
taken they usually wind up being First Aid, Swimming, Basketry, Leatherwork,
with canoeing/rowing as other completions. They also (ALWAYS) want to do
Rifle Shooting, though they are told repeatedly that unless they have
handled firearms before, they should not expect to finish that one, or
archery for that matter. Qualifying is a bear.
'nuf said. Good luck with your program.
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
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