Re: Camping Nights... what does your Troop count?
Mike Dillon (MWDillon@AOL.COM)
Wed, 2 Apr 1997 12:08:19 -0500
In our Troop, we count only those campouts attended with the Troop as a
Scout. We feel that the purpose of this requirement is that each boy learns
to camp as a Scout under the patrol method.
One camp we do count that some may not is the Camporee that the boys attended
with the troop as Webelos. As part of our recruitment effort, we invite the
Webelos on the fall Camporee before they cross over. We justify this because
they attend as Scouts, in uniform and act as a patrol.
We had a situation were our ex-Scoutmaster used to bring his younger son
along on camping trips. When the boy joined, he wanted those camping dates
to count toward Second and First Class outings. We refused because he did
not attend as a Scout but as the Scoutmaster's son.
A point that I would like clarified is whether a camping trip can count for
both Second or First Class outing and Camping Merit Badge. I've always felt
they could. Recently an article in "The Duffle Bag", the Greater St. Louis
Council's newsletter, the Council Advancement Chairman said they couldn't.
He reasoned that according to BSA regulations you can't count any
project/activity for more than one a requirement. Most people I've spoken to
say he is wrong. My TroopMaster software counts it for both.
Mike Dillon, Advancement Chairman
Troop 300, Webster Groves, MO
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