Re: Wood Badge for Scouts? BSA Lifegaurd for Scouters? Summer
Mike Walton (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 15:57:33 -0500
Tom Morrissey asks three questions:
>"Is there a Woodbadge for Scouts and is it required to go to the
>UK Summer Camp (BSA Transatlantic Council)?"
Wood Badge (as Kathie would remind us all, is TWO WORDS LONG) is as
you stated, Tom, the highest-level of adult training available in
the USA and the most common form of Scoutmastership available
within all member nations of the World Association.
Junior Leader Training (JLT, called different things in each
Council, including TAC, which calls it "Golden Falcon") is
*supposely* the youth equal to Wood Badge. Senior Patrol Leaders
and other youth leaders attend "Golden Falcon" and other courses as
an additional week of summer camp, usaully at the start or end of
the Council's camping season. It is coordinated, conducted and
supervised by selected Scouters, many of which are Wood Badge
holders or working toward their Wood Badge by serving on staff as
part of their "ticket".
As far as I'm aware, JLT has NEVER been a requirement to attend
ANY BSA summer camp, including the TAC's summer camp program in
England (which varies from camp to camp every other summer; I'm not
sure which British camp is hosting TAC summer camp this year).
Attending summer camp in Europe, Tom, is JUST LIKE attending summer
camp in the States: same general program, same carefully-selected
staff and leadership, same period of time (one week or eight days
depending on camp). The variations come in the flavor of the
program, the creativity of the staff and individual Scouts, and the
location of the camp. In TAC's "heyday", we operated summer camps
using host-nation camps in Turkey, Greece, Morocco, and in two
places in Germany in addition to the camp in England. As a matter
of interest, it was getting so that we had to create special camp
segments for the "Camp in England" or the "Camp in Greece" or
the "Camp in Turkey" because as the military decided to use or not
to use different facilities, and as the number of youth moved from
place to place, a different location had to be found for the summer
camp each spring.
Kandersteg International Scout Center in Switzerland was also used
off and on as a BSA summer camp facility.
>"Can a Scouter (adult) get BSA Lifeguard and is there an age
>requirement for Scouts getting BSA Lifeguard?"
Different Councils have different requirement for the youth age,
Tom. Basically, the Scout should be old enough to understand the
responsibilities of being a Scout Lifeguard. The Lifeguard, BSA
requirements are listed in the current BSA Requirements booklet.
As the Lifeguard, BSA recognition is a youth recognition, "adults
should not seek youth recognitions".
Now, saying this, an adult if the local Council permits, MAY earn
the Lifeguard, BSA recognition WITHOUT getting the actual patch.
What your adult friend SHOULD work toward, is the "Aquatics
Instructor, BSA" recognition, which would not just allow him to
supervise the waterfront, but also to teach and coach others in the
teaching of aquatic skills. Those requirements are available from
your Council office, as I'm pretty sure that they are not listed in
the Boy Scout Requirements booklet.
ALL Scouters should receive the Safe Swim Defense training and hold
a valid Safe Swim Defense card. I recommend it even for parents
who have a swimming pool, because the skills demonstrated there can
be easily transposed to a out-in-the-backyard swim party!
> Are there any BSA Summer Camps in Ireland? Are there Summer
>Camps in Ireland that BSA Scouts can attend?
The BSA operates camps worldwide, Tom, wherever there's a
significant number of Scouts and Scouters. Ireland is a part of
the Direct Service Council, not TAC, but has enjoyed a warm working
relationship with TAC over the years. Because TAC actually has
summer camp programs, with a full staff (I can see Vince now,
trying to fill his summer camp staffing!! *grinning*) and a wide
range of programming, many DSC Scouts and units will take the trip
across the water to England to attend summer camp rather than to
put on their own.
However, if you plan on going to Saudi Arabia this summer, my
understanding is that they will hold summer camp there for the
first time in two or three years, and will actually have two weeks
of camp!! Scouts and Scouters from the "mini Council" there (they
have well over 40 Troops in the Kingdom itself, with another 20 or
30 in adjancent countries!) will be going to the southern part of
the Kingdom during the summer (when it should be cooler there; I
don't understand it...everywhere in Saudi was HOTTTTT when I was
there in '91!!!). The Direct Service Council and the Saudi Scouting
association are jointly hosting the camp.
There's also BSA summer camps in Hong Kong, in Chile, and in
Panama. Most DSC units, though, Tom, go to the nearest "real
Council"'s summer camp program or are lucky enough to come back to
the States to go to summer camp somewhere here.
ANY SCOUT may attend ANY summer camp in ANY local Council (of
course, with permission of that local Council Executive or his or
her represenative). DSC Scouts and Scouters are exempt from
getting that permission, because they receive their service and
support "directly from National", so ALL Councils are obligated to
extend special courtesies to DSC Scouts and Scouters.
To answer your second part, in order for you or any BSA member to
attend another country's summer camp, you have to obtain something
called an "International Letter of Introduction", or ILI. This is
a one-page form, completed by the International Division, BSA,
which identifies you as a member of the Boy Scouts of America to
the other country, explains your rank and skill level, and provides
other information. It is a REQUIREMENT, so don't think about going
without it. Most camps in Europe know about the ILI, and will give
you a VERY hard time without it or access to one. The form is FREE.
All you have to do is write the International Division, BSA at the
National Office address and request it. It will be sent to your
Council within four to eight weeks after you request it, so do it
NOW instead of waiting until the "summer rush". No, it's NOT sent
to your home; it has to be sent, like all offfical Scouting
documents, to your local Council. It IS the closest thing to a
"Scouting passport". With that comes the name and address of the
National Scouting Association in Dublin, Ireland. You can call or
write them ahead of time requesting information about summer camps
or (what I would do) have the International Division to do it for
you and save your money for the trip over.
While I have been lucky in the past about wearing my uniform and
getting to a host-nation's camp with a membership card and a smile,
that's a DEFINATE NO-NO now....the card's nice, Tom, but you NEED
the ILI to get in!
Hope those answers yours (and your Scoutmaster's) questions!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City