Re: Camping Nights... what does your Troop count?
Ed Henderson (BigEdBSA@AOL.COM)
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 19:20:04 -0500
In considering what nights to count towards various OA activities I find that
the Troopmaster Software Program does an excellent job of keeping track of
these nights along with making the special judgement calls about what is and
is not good for the OA 15 night requirements.
When you use the Camp function of Troopmaster Activities there are two
boolean switches for Summer Camp and Cabin Camp. Summer Camp (which can now
be 5 or 6 nights) can only be used once in the count for the 15 days of OA
camping, this a scout who never went Camping except for Summer Camp (I know
it sounds odd but I have met some scouts who can lay claim to that dubious
honor). Cabin Camp is any "campout: where the scout sleeps in a cabin, a
hotel, or some other structure. Remember the requirements for camping
include sleeping in a tent.
I do agree there is some vagueness about what campouts to include. As a
general rule I have not counted nights spent with family away from the troop,
althouigh I have counted OA nights (for Camping Merit Badge) as well as
events like council week long JLT and nights spent in a patrol campout or in
another troop (I have a lot of scouts who transfer to my troop from others in
our community). Besides family camping I don't count any campouts done in
the Cub Scouts. This has come into play when I had Webelos scouts who
camped with our troop (the father was an Assistant Scoutmaster for an older
brother and I have allowed "little brother" to come with older brother & dad
on some campouts but I do not enter it into my records and do not start their
campout count until they earn the SCOUT Progress Award.
Scoutmaster BSA Troop 12
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