Re: Camp Director POLL
Bob Myers (rmyers@ONE.NET)
Wed, 5 Apr 1995 18:09:11 -0400
Ed Henderson wrote:
<<Which is preferable for a BSA Summer Camp Director:
1.) A Paid Professional BSA Staff Member - In most cases a
District Executive. This person works for the council and
reports to the Scout Executive.
2.) A Voluntier Scouter - This is to say someone not normally
employed by the BSA like a Scoutmaster or other District
or Council Scouter who might well be paid WHILE serving as
a Camp Director, but is otherwise not a council employee.>>
I was a non-professional, ex-SM Camp Director at Treasure Valley in
Massachussetts in 1978 and 1979. There were two totally independent camps on
the reservation at the time - East and West Camp. My opposite number in West
Camp was a pro. From the Camp Director's side, I felt very comfortable and
accepted as a non-pro, although I was probably a little too young at 26. A
pro might have better access to and knowledge of council resources, but I was
lucky enough to get along famously with the Reservation Director who was a
I had a 35% increase in attendance from the 1st to the 2nd year in my camp
while the other camp's attendance dropped slightly (a highly unscientific data
point of 1). I think the pro they had the first year really didn't want to do
the job and his heart wasn't in it. It simply comes down to the individual.
Camp Directors are just another piece on the Scouting game board. If they're
not having fun, it can spoil the game for a lot of other players.
Hope this helps.
Bob Myers, SM Troop 575, Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, Ohio
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City