James A. Sheckels (JASHECKELS@AOL.COM)
Sat, 23 Sep 1995 01:20:41 -0400
Hey - best place to look is in the Cub Leader's Handbook - very clearly
spelled out. Or you can dig even deeper in the Camping program policy book,
may be hard to get hold of. BSA also puts out a Safe Gude to Scouting, which
addresses camping policy.
Gist is - Cubs can do backyard camping, Family Camping at a Council approved
camp, or resident camping at a Council approved camp. The supervision is one
adult per family group (not one on one or two on one as many believe).
Webelos are expected to camp more often than other Cubs, but not as much as
Boy Scouts. Webelos resident camp is longer, too.
And yes, it is a NATIONAL policy - local councils and units have no authority
whatsoever to change a national policy, for any reason.
As to Webelos being expected to have certain camping knowledge - this is the
thought of many Boy Scout leaders, but my feelings are that since camping is
not an absolute part of the Cub/Webelos program, Boy Scout leaders should not
expect them to know the basics. The First Year/First Class emphasis is on
ALL basic Scouting skills, which include camping, cooking, and woods tools.
It is the TROOPs job to teach camping skills, no matter the Scout's
experience. Does the Troop expect to short change a Scout simply because he
was a Webelos, and not brand new to Scouting? I hope not!
But, as I tell many who have asked me these questions, I have only been in
Scouts for 30 years (that is as a Cub, Webelos, Boy Scout, Explorer, OA, Cub
Leader, Scoutmaster, Unit/District/Assistant Council Commissioner, and
District Committee - oops let me off the soapbox!) so I have not yet learned
all their is to know - really.
Good Luck and Good Scouting!
Jim Sheckels - I used to be a Bobwhite.....
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