Re: Camporee activites
dexter lovrien (drlovrie@WOLF.CO.NET)
Wed, 6 Mar 1996 00:32:11 -0600
Sounds like a real fun camporee you have in the works for fall.
>but we are striving for a theme
>that deals with being prepared and working as patrols. We want to foster
>patrol spirit and unity through providing activities that reward them for
>working together as a team or patrol
One of the best proponants of "the Patrol Method" was a fine legend in
Scouting by the name of William "GREEN BAR BILL" Hillcourt. Mr. Hillcourt
was a very prolific writer of Scouting. For very many years, he wrote a
coloum in Boys Life about Patrol Operations. As a Scout, it was the first
thing I read when Boys Life arrived. Any good council office or library
should have some of his books regarding patrols, patrol leaders etc. I just
finished his biography of "Baden-Powell, the two life of a hero." Very
inspiring and informative. A must read if you are into the basis of the
Scouting movement. I was fortunate to meet Mr. Hillcourt at the 1989
National Jamboree. The daypack he autographed is were all my Jamboree
treasures are kept. In any case, look up Green Bar Bills' books and you
should find some very interesting and informative patrol based games, skits,
Also, old Scout manuels from the 50s 60s and 70s were written by Green Bar
Bill and should be more fitting for your camporee plans. Check with some of
the "old timers" in your district, they will have these manuals in with
their treasured old Scouts books. Thats where I keep mine!
Some of the methods I thought were a little silly back in the 60s make alot
of sense now that I understand their background and the "why" behind them.
Have a great camporee. Getting an early start like this will help insure it
will be a big success!
Dexter R. Lovrien
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