Re: Webelos camp w/o adults
Warren Snell (wsnell@BCM.TMC.EDU)
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 13:04:18 -0500
>> Here's a question. We just received our summer camp info in the mail from
>> council. They are strongly pushing a Webelos residence camp for 4th and
>> 5th graders over the regular day camp. It states that "in accordance with
>> national guidelines....." we have to have 1 adult over 21 and 1 over 18.
>> Basically the 2-deep leadership. When I attended Cub Leader training and
>> when my husband attended SM fundamentals (just a few weeks ago) we were
>> both told that even Webelos MUST have a parent with them for overnights!
>Under Cub Scouts, all camping requires 1 parent/guardian per scout.
Sam Houston Area Council has run a Webelos' camp for as long as I have been associated with scouting (about 5 years) that allows other alternatives to the one parent/guardian per scout ratio. For instance, one of their plans allows one parent to sponsor up to 3 Webelos scouts at the 3-day and night Webelos camps at Camp Strake (yes, the one near the major interstate and railroad lines) that are run every summer.
Last summer I sponsored two boys other than my own son. However, in the pack we actively encourage a parent to accompany his or her son. Of the boys going to Camp Strake to date all so far have a parent in attendance. I have noticed that the "sponsored" boys can often feel quite homesick (even on the first day), also. Apparently, leadership at SHAC has made a determination that their alternative plans still meet the BSA YPP policies. Oh, the Cub Resident camp has no options, 1 parent/guardian per Wolf or Bear age scout.
Warren Snell, RSO
Baylor College of Medicine
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