Summer Camp Flying Start
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 22 Jun 1995 13:42:55 -0400
I found this on RIME Scouting this morning, and decided it was woth
passing along to the group.
All opinions not "borrowed" from unattributed sources are my own.
Paul H. Brown, ASM T807, Great George Washington District, NCAC
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Date: Thu, 22 Jun 95 09:46:49 EST
Subject: summer camp
BBS: THE RUNNING BOARD
Date: 06-16-95 (18:51) Number: 5599
From: NOAH GIVENS Refer#: NONE
To: ALL Recvd: NO =20
Subj: SUMMER CAMP FLYING START Conf: (232) SCOUTING
For those of you planning to do Summer Camp this year:
There is one technique for getting Summer Camp off to an easy start.
Have everyone show up for the trip to summer Camp wearing their swim
trunks UNDER their uniform..... Sack lunch in one hand and their
towel in the other when borading.
When the troop 1st arrives at Camp the 1st thing they are to do is
to unload the baggage... Troop equipment might be carried in a
seperate vehicle so that it can be unloaded 1st.
Form the troop and have your own flag raising (American Flag) at the
site flagpole. Place 1st Aid kit there at the flagpole. Now
everyone knows exactly where it can be found immediately.
Troop equipment is gathered and stowed; usually between the
Scoutmaster's Quarters and the SPL's Quarters.
The troop is then released by patrols to choose their own quarters
for the week, stow their gear, put the uniform on the bunk and
return Immediately to the formation area.
- NOW everyone is in their swimsuits. - (no need to unpack yet)
- LUNCH - with Parents that drove...
After lunch those not staying for the week can leave casually.
ASPL takes one group to the latrine WITH the garden hose and troop
cleaning supplies. This group will 1st sweep and clean all
available surfaces....... followed by a hose-down of the facility.
Of course if the participants get a little wet in this process, well
they ARE already in their swimsuits.
Quartermaster takes the other half of the troop to construct a
Both of these activities take about an hour...
Form the troop in time to take them to the Summer Camp Hdqtrs for
Camp's check-in procedures. Scoutmaster takes along the necessary
paperwork (including a signed blank checque for exact financial
registration - this avoids months of delays incurred in
reimbursements of overpayment at this time)
medical related items (records & special medications) for turn-in
at the Camp Medical Lodge.
The Camp provides a Staffer to give the troop a tour of the Camp
during or after paperwork turn-in. During this tour the troop will
be given a swimming test for their swimming ability catagories.
After the tour the Troop returns to the campsite where the campers
mount a clothesline for each tent - then -
change out of their wet suits & BACK into their Scout Uniforms.
Do not let the troop lounge in the tents at this time. There will
be lounging time LATER. Tidy up the common troop area & the patrol
sites. There won't be more than 45 or so minutes before the need to
be in formation to leave for...
the Camp Opening Flag ceremonies... & supper. After Supper the
Troop may return to the campsite or proceed immediately with the
merit badge sign-up. The SPL will be needed to accompany the
Scoutmaster for scheduling troop participation in camp and
inter-troop activities with that scheduler.
This process from Opening Ceremonies to completion of Merit badge
sign-up lasts from about 1 and a half to 2 1/2 hrs.
After Merit badge sign-up the troop returns to the campsite for
securing their own Site Flag.... Then the campers and Scoutmaster
complete a troop schedule arrangement for the week. This takes care
of changes made to the preposed schedule.... Patrols finish setting
up their Patrol Areas.
Stay out of the Tents.
Then SPL forms the troop & off to the Camp-wide campfire.
AFTER campfire the Troop returns to the campsite for settling in for
AT THIS TIME the campers UN-Pack.... & make the beds for the nite.
By having the swimsuits UNDER their uniforms initially.... an lot of
very disruptive unpacking and scattering of personal items is
avoided during the 1st 7 hours of summer camp.
Staying OUT of the tents (except ONLY when changing clothing) during
these 1st hours sets up the generally busy attitude for the rest of
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