Re: Camping Competitions
Bruce Ward (Bruce.Ward@SMTPGWY.AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Tue, 2 May 1995 14:04:34 EST
I may have missed some of the discussion on this but I got lost off
SCOUTS-L for a week or so. Please excuse if I am going over old
Here in Australia (at least in the part I am from) we have a series of
'Rallies' that are competition camps for Scouts. The competition is
for Patrols, and starts at the local level with a District Rally.
In my District there are 6 Scout 'Groups', each with a Troop. We just
had our Rally last weekend, with nine patrols competing. Each patrol
had to set up their own camp, leaders were banned from assisting in
any way! In fact, we had our own campsite to set up, and our activity
bases to organise.
The patrols were judged on their camping proficiency, as well as their
performance at six activity bases including orienteering, initiative,
pioneering and first aid. They also earned points for a campfire skit.
The best three patrols go on to represent at the Area camp (about
eight districts in our Area), and the best three from there go to the
Branch Rally (State).
While I have some concerns about the hierarchy of it all, and some
reservations about how well the competition supports the patrol system
at the Branch Rally, our District camp was one of the most positive
learning experiences my Scouts have seen. It was constructive,
friendly and FUN. The fact that there were three places awarded at the
end was not all that important, accept it gives the Scouts something
to aim for next year.
The program included a PL's council, with only one leader as
facilitator. The Scouts have demanded more camps like that, mixing
Troops, giving them the responsibility, but not necessarily competing
all the time.
As a leader running a Troop of 16 basically on my own, I was
re-enthused yet again. Like having the batteries recharged.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City