Re: High adventure at council camps, etc
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 7 Jul 1995 18:13:00 -0400
>...Several of us (volunteers) have mentioned the use of the surrounding
>Forest in some type of high adventure option for the older boys coupled
>with the more conventional scout-skill/merit badge programs. The reponse
>has included statements like "High adventure troops will do high
>adventure on their own and we [the council] do not need to provide them
>that option." Is this really true? I gather from reading items on the
>list that their are several successful camps that do something like
Starting at the end and working backwards...
If the response you received were true why do councils have no trouble
filling contingent crews for high adventure opportunities such as Philmont,
Sea Base, and Northern Tier? You might want to pose this question to those
who appear against councils providing high adventure opportunities.
Our camp, Cherokee Scout Reservation, Old North State Council, in
Yanceyville, NC, started a new program this Summer called Cherokee Rangers.
There is an additional $15 charge added to the $97 camp fee and enrollment
is restricted to no more than 12 Scouts in a week. They spend the week
camping and hiking in the undeveloped "backcountry" of our camp. The main
purpose is to develop group dynamics (as in a COPE course), experience camp
in a more "wilderness survival" type atmosphere, and prepare for high
adventure type activities. They also take part in conservation projects on
our property and the adjacent game land.
One must be a third time camper to participate.
There is a potential to earn up to 11 merit badges, in the Scoutcraft and
Nature areas, if they do the various prerequisites. However, it is stressed
that the goal of this experience is not merely to earn a bunch of badges.
It is also noted that many of the older Scouts who would participate may
have already earned most of these badges. Last week we had four boys
participate in this and in spite of problems caused by severe weather they
all enjoyed it.
The program has had some "birthing" problems and has been averaging about 6
Scouts per week but it shows great promise.
ASM Troop 39 -- Old North State Council, NC
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