Council Camps' Policies
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 15:21:29 -0500
A couple of weeks ago I posted a request to the list for assistance. I
do not know if the message made the list as I received only a single
reply. I am hopeful that your experiences at council camps will aid us
in formulating some policies.
We have a set of policies regarding acceptable behavior, general
information, and detailed information. We have not addressed CHECK-IN &
CHECK-OUT PROCEDUERS. We have addressed use of "Special Activity Areas".
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
our Council Camp, SSR. Part of the problem is that we do not arrive as
units. It is not feasible to insist that all members arrive
simultaneously since driving distance vary from one to three hours.
Another problem is that campers might actually arrive before a
campmaster and the council ranger may not be present. In such cases
there is no one available to "check-in" people (even if we had a check-
in procedure in place). Though our campers are accustomed to file
"Permits to Use Council Camp", they have not been conditioned to check
in. They simply drive through the unlocked gate to their requested
(assigned) campsites. This roadway does not pass in front of the
ranger's house or the current campmaster quarters; there is no way to
halt them, save having the gate closed and locked.
I have thought of using "Unit Clipboards" at the front gate shelter as a
substitute for a missing "greeter". I would thing that each check-in
should include a complete listing of unit participants and guests as
they arrive for the day, night, or weekend. This clipboard would also
include permits for special activities authorized by the council
professional office to that unit. Our program has not evolved to the
point of providing special activities offered by the campmaster corps
for particular weekends; units are expected to provide their own
pre-approved activities. The exception would of course be district or
How do your council camps handle check-in, campmaster contacts, special
activity programs, check-outs, etc.? We are wanting to formulate plans
this month so that they can be put in place for fall camping.
Pontchartrain District Camping Chairman
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City