Cub Resident Camping
The Payne Family (payne5@SWBELL.NET)
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 15:25:20 -0500
<My contention is that Cub Scouts should not be exposed to resident camp
until they become WEBELOS Cub Scouts, so that they will have something
look forward to and WANT to become Boy Scouts. Right now, we have so
WEBELOS Cub Scouts that upon graduation to a Boy Scout Troop, looks
and says after a short time "Is this ALL?
I've been short-term camping with the WEBELOS. I've been to a camporee
the WEBELOS. I've been to their (lame) summer camp already. What else
Have to disagree respecfully there, based on my personal experiences. I
have two boys, one a 1st year Webelos Scout, and one a 12 year old Star
Scout (to be Life in about two weeks). Both boys have gone to Cub Scout
Resident Camps since they were first elligible (the summer after Tiger
Cub year in our first Council). They also have participated in
Camporees with a local troop. In both cases, it has only fueled the
fire to become Boy Scouts. In my older son's case, he had enjoyed the
resident camps so much that his first summer as a Boy Scout, he attended
not only the week of camp with his Troop, but begged to go to two
provisional weeks that same summer (we let him). Yes, he is still
returning eagerly to camp this summer, as well as trying to go out of
Council for camp next summer for provisional weeks. While many of the
other new Scouts were put off by the latrines, food, homesickness, etc.
of Summer Camp, my son had dealt with that so many times that it was
just something he knew he had to put up with to get to go to camp. He
even chose BSA camp over his (much more expensive) private summer camp.
My 9 year old has already planned to copy his older brother's example.
Sorry to ramble so long, but I am one of those who strongly encourages
parents to send their kids to resident camps. It has only served to
"jazz up" all of the Cubs about the program. As a final note, I will
admit that I attended all of the camps with my Dens (I have been Den
Leader for both my boys all through Cubbing), and this held true for not
only my sons, but for the rest of the kids that I took as well.
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