Cub Resident Camp
James D Wellborn 325 795 2010 (WELLBOJ@MAIL.FIRN.EDU)
Mon, 30 Jun 1997 15:22:00 -0500
A few thoughts on Cub Resident camp...
Our District just finished it's week of day camp with a Webelos campout.
For the first time in three years we were without rain during any of the
camp time and the camp out weather was fantastic. We were in the woods
with enough shade to mostly balance out the heat and humidity of this
central Florida summer. My seven Webelos went through 11 liters of
water every 6 hour day. (Eric, enjoy Maine. Trish and Jackie did another
A few years ago Gulf Ridge Council tried to present a Resident Camp
of 4 days 3 nights at the Council site (Flaming Arrow) but near the last
minute had to cancell it due to lack of enough registration even though the
event had been well promoted since the fall. To their credit and our
disappointment, they put that decission off until what seemed to be the
The, or I guess "A" key to the success of a camping experience is
AGE APPROPRIATE activities (as has been mentioned) and an awareness that
you'll probably have that one or two kids that will run to catch the
boomerang even though they have been repeatedly told to stay put...
lots of crafts and movement and using the craft item that they made or at
least seeing an older Scout put it to use.
With the Webelos drop out rate being so high, I agree that the
program needs the outdoor progrm as an extra boost. A consideration of
the more dependent nature of the kids involved is critically important...
even though they view themselves as being invincible. A parent/adult has
to be available and leaders trained to be aware of the expectations of the
age group. Add to that giving the kids the impression of independence,
rites of passage, having 10 year olds going on 16 as well as 10 year olds
going on 3 in the same group, etc.
The participating parent is the keystone. Regardless of what
economic planners and projecters are touting, it's a challenge for many
parents to attend a resident activity with their son(s) and do what has to
be done to make sure the phone and electricity stay activated.
A successful Webelos outdoor program, or a normal Den program,
demands every parent pitching i or a full time Den Leader (win a lotto?)
with part time but always available support. That's what it comes down to.
Adults who can/will make the committment to set up and follow through on
the arrangements. The boys won't know the details and the effort that went
into pulling off a positively memorable event until THEIR kids are in it,
but they'll have great memories, learn good things that they (and we) might
not be aware they're learning and some will realize that to give back a
little more when their time comes is a great satisfaction.
My .02 and a little more.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City