Re: Campmastering and Explorers at Summer Camp info needed
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Fri, 19 May 1995 19:23:20 CDT
Eddy Rogers <erogers@PPPL.GOV> writes:
>Explorers at Summer Camp:
>I'd also like to hear from any one who knows of programs at summer camps
>geared toward Explorer Scouting and what they include. I would like to
>present this to my Council for consideration in their future summer camp
Explorer Scouting??? What in the world is Explorer Scouting???
Eddy, the program is called Explor_ing_ and the participants
Explorer_s_ -- NOT "Explorer Scouts". They are not Scouts in any form
except being a division within the Boy Scouts of America.
ALL Exploring units are encouraged to spend at least a weekend out at
their local Council camps, but many of them don't understand that they
can use the camp ANYTIME during the year --not just at "summer camp
time". Many Outdoor (Outdoor Adventure, Camping and Outdoors and
similiar type specialities) Posts do sign up for a week of camp.
Other Explorer Posts and Ships use the summer camp facility for
Here's a idea that I've "bogarted" from the Coastal Carolina Council
and those Councils I've recommended it to, have had a lot of success
with. Instead of setting aside a week for "Exploring units"
specifically, have two weekends (a Thursday night through Sunday
afternoon) for "Exploring Challenges". Invite all of the Explorer
Posts and Ships in your Council ( a personal invite from your youth
Explorer Presidents/Officers' Association President is best; second
best is a personal invite from the Ranger *NOT ON BSA LETTERHEAD!!* to
each Explorer in your Council. Emphasize that this is an opportunity
to come and visit the facility, to enjoy a cookout, to play volleyball
or other events, and to enjoy the outdoors. Use a youth committee to
put it all together and BE CREATIVE.
You will see that clearly there will be some Exploring units that have
no need at all for the Council's camp, no matter how attractive you
make it sound; that you'll have a lot more "visitors" that will come
out, look around, and say "WOW! We get to use this ALL OF THE TIME?
This is awesome!!!" Those will be the Posts and Ships that will come
back and use it or at least know about it (which is what you want).
Don't emphasize working on merit badges or doing "Boy Scouting-type"
things. Explorers work toward the Exploring Acheivement Award and
other awards for the most part. So, "working on the swimming merit
badge while you'll here" is NOT a option that you want to share!!
The key, Eddy, is calling the participants and treating them like they
are Explorers, NOT "older boy scouts". With more than 50 percent of
our program female, one cannot afford to call a girl a "Boy Scout",
no matter if you cover it with the word "Explorer".
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