Campmaster Programs / Unit Check-in/Out Procedures
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 22:21:00 -0500
Greetings from the Big Easy
I am one of seven District Camping Chairmen plus two urban districts in
our council. Our Camping Committee is charged with the administration
and training of our volunteers leaders in the Campmaster program. The
development of our Campmaster program was part of one of our Camping
Chairman's Woodbadge ticket a couple of years back.
Problems have arisen in the past when some of our campmasters were
thought to have overstepped their bounds of authority. We have had some
informal discussions about this and have tentatively decided that the
campmaster corp will have authority over unit camping, but will not have
authority over district or council events - except to assist where
requested by the professional staff, council, or district leadership.
Seems that there was a confrontation last year between a campmaster and
a Woodbadge program director during the Woodbadge training at camp.
There were no winners.
We also have developed over the past decade a SSR (Salmen Scout
Reservation) camping guide book, covering all the bases (or so we
thought). In reviewing our procedures for both programs we discover
that we do not have an effective check in and check out set of policy
procedures in place. We have had cases in the past where individuals or
units simply showed up at camp, sometimes without permits. We resolved
these problems some time ago, by addressing them in our SSR Guidebook.
I am asking the group for help in developing a simple but straightforth
set of check in procedures when individuals and their units arrive at
camp. Part of the problem is that units do not arrive as units. It is
really not feasible to insist that they arrive simultaneously; the
driving time is anywhere between one and three hours. Another problem
is that units or parts of units might actually arrive at camp before the
campmaster. If the camp ranger is unavailable, there is no one available
to check them in. I have thought of using check-in clipboards at the
shelter by our front gate - assigning one to each unit. I have thought
that each check-in sheet should list, by name, every youth and adult
using the camp for that day, night, or weekend. This clipboard would
also include the special activities authority that was requested from
council when their permit was approved. Check out seems to be less of a
problem and special activity areas policies are in place.
How do your council camps administer your policies?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City