J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Fri, 26 Jul 1996 15:40:58 -0500
Unless there are regulations to the contrary, I must agree with Steve
Carpenter's opinion that camping nights used to fulfill other Scouting
requirements should NOT be used for Camping Merit Badge. If the purpose were
to limit camping nights, doubling their application might be appropriate -
but not when the objective is to give Scouts MORE training in the outdoor
experience. The question IMO should never be "what is the least one can do
to earn this badge" although the vague requirements must tempt some.
The troops I have been around recently in MS, AL and KY camp 20-35 nights
per year, including summer camp. My 11 year old grandson joined a troop in
April; when the troop returns from summer camp in NC tomorrow, they will
have camped 16 nights just since he joined.
BTW, up until about the late 1950's or early '60's the requirement was 50
days and nights.
Most of the camping then was done by patrol and 1 of the 50 nights had to be
done without tent or bedding except for material found at the site. Also one
had to (1) make a fire by friction or with flint and steel and (2) construct
a raft which would carry two people and their gear safely. More than 1
summer camp could be counted however. This has no bearing on the
requirements of today - just thought you might like to know.
Eagle, Class of '43
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City