Re: cub resident camping
William J. O'Connell ("William)
Thu, 12 Oct 1995 08:49:04 -0600
>I don't think it's necessary to build a "theme" camp for Cub Scouts, just
>revolve the program around a theme and go from there.
I disagree with that. As a staff member of Phillips Scout Reservation and
educated to work with 7-8 year olds, they need a "theme" camp. Cub Scouts
are in their time of life that they need to explore and be creative. As we
made the past years a "theme" camp by building a ship and last year a fort
made out of wood and lashings. The first year program and Scoutcraft built
it. When the Cub Scouts came, they were amazed of what we built! These
kids need to be creative - create themselves into something they are not. A
standard for Cub Scouts is that all staff need to be in costume. Without a
"theme" camp that fits Cub Scouts, not Boy Scouts, I feel that would be
hard. Just remember when Cub Scouts are "pretending" to be something
(sheriff, cowboy, etc), that they are not pretending in their mind, they are
the character. Cub Scouts need that "theme park." We have had a lot of
comments on that. (I read about one camp that is one of the best 10 in the
nation, can you write in and explain if you have a theme camp.)
>If done right, you can have an excellent program that is great opportunity
>for Cub Scouts to experience outdoor camping similiar to what the Boy Scouts
>experience and just might give them the motivation to stick with Scouting.
> If you want more info, please e-mail me privately and I will give you names
>of people to contact directly in our council.
>. . . It's a lot of hard work, but it's worth it when you see
>the great big smiles and hear the stories of ego boosting accomplishments
>from tired (and yes not the cleaniest looking boys) at the end of the week.
I strongly agree with this. Anyone who has the opportunity to be a staff
member at camp, take an advantage of it. Nothing better than see hundreds
of Scouts smiling and having fun.
1995 Phillips Scout Reservation Staff
Troop 15 - ASM - Chippewa Falls, WI e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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