Re: Summer Camp
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG)
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 13:24:58 -0400
Jim Sleezer <JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU> said:
>>We always have a scout who wants to go home Friday night. I wish the camps
>>(this seems like a tradition all over the country) would change their Friday
>>night cookouts/campfires to Saturday "brunch." Then everyone could go home
>We did this years ago at Camp Rotary (then Saginaw Bay Area Council). On
>Saturday morning, we had a big water carnival. Troops had to be out of
>campsite before they could participate so it helped speed along cleanup.
>Scouts went home with wet swim suit but that generally wasn't a problem.
>Water carnival started around 10:30 with parents invited for carnival and
>lunch. Carnival ended about 11:30. Scouts changed to uniforms. We had
>a closing flag ceremony followed by a lunch that could be taken on the
>road although most people ate before they left. It worked quite well.
>We also had a visitors' night campfire but I don't remember many parents
>attending. The big thing seemed to be the water carnival.
>Don't know if they still do that or not--it's been a FEW years!!
>Over the years I directed summer camps, the worst choice for visitors' night
>was the last night of the camp. With a midweek visitor's night we
>sometimes lost a boy or two but no wholesale exodus (for convenience).
>In my current council, some units (including my sons') leave after Friday
>night campfire. Wish we had a mid-week program although my real choice
>would be NO visitors' night!!
I find this discussion fascinating. Our Troop attends Yawgoog (in the great
state of Rhode Island). They have a big show --for the scouts-- on Saturday
night. Parents are invited to a barbeque ($5.00 per person please, and a
bargain) on Sunday noon while troops eat in their respective dining halls.
Then each of the three camps on the reservation marches to the large field
for a final review, the awarding of a couple of reservation wide awards,
and for the Knights of Yawgoog. Each camp is led by the winning troop in
the camp competition (in 1995, the Sandy Beach Champs was Troop 68). After
the dismissal from the parade folks go home. No problems mate. (BTW, the
week starts at approx. 5:30 pm each Sunday.)
My son worked last summer at Camp Sequassen (Winsted CT, Quinnipiac
Council) where troops arrive earlier on Sunday and depart either after the
Friday night campfire or first thing on Saturday. Families are invited to
the Friday night show (we went a couple of times) and some troops leave
then, but most seem to wait until Saturday AM so they can leave in the
Isn't the Yawgoog plan the solution?
CC, Troop 68, Trumbull CT
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