Re: OA elections and long term camp
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 4 Jun 1996 10:18:03 -0400
On Tue, 4 Jun 1996, John Gallant wrote:
> A question to the collective about the OA elections and the "Long Term"
> camping requirement.
> In the rules I have read: "including 6 consecutive days and nights of
> long term camping,". In our council summer camp is from Sun to Sat morning.
> On Friday night there is a big Family Dinner for everyone to enjoy. The
> traveling distance for the families to the camp can vary from 30 minutes to
> almost 2 hours. It is not uncommon for the scout families traveling on
> the "longer" side to all go home following the Dinner rather than have to
> repeat the trip the following morning.
My advice (engaging in the sophistry for which my profession is infamous):
Since we count part days as "days," why not count part nights as "nights?"
I don't think anyone would quibble that your Sunday arrival day is a
"day," regardless of whether you arrive at camp at 5 a.m. (doubtful), or
any time thereafter. Departure day is a "day," too. I suggest that, if
you stay after sundown, that a new "night" has started, and can be
counted towards the consecutive night requirement for OA election.
Whether this counting system should also be used for other camping
purposes (i.e., has a would-be Tenderfoot passed the camping requirement
if he pitches a tent, takes a nap in it, strikes the tent, and goes home
after the evening campfire?), I leave to the good sense of the others on
the list. :-)
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
I wuz an Antelope (82-66). Now working my ticket.
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