Re: Time Off from Work For Summer Camp
Scott Begin (sbegin@MCS.NET)
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 22:14:01 +0000
At 08:54 AM 11/6/97 -0600, "David C. Ellis" <DEllis@TRIBUNE.COM> wrote:
>My questions is how do most of you get the time off from work to go to summer
Personally, when I have attended Summer Camp as a leader, I took vacation
The first summer I did this, I was living near college (I wasn't taking any
summer classes that summer), took a week off to attend summer camp with my
Dad's troop at Camp Rota-Kiwan (SW Mich. Council, Kalamazoo, MI), where I
used to work. I arranged for someone to cover my hours at my campus job
and had a skimpier paycheck as a result. I thought it was well worth it.
It was the first summer in 6 years that I hadn't worked on camp staff
SOMEWHERE for some part of the summer, so this was my way of dealing with
The only time I accompied my current troop to summer camp, I took a week of
vacation from my job (out of 2 weeks vacation for the year), and didn't
hesitate. I was single, so family commitments wasn't a problem. I was
using my vacation to do something I enjoyed.
A technique that our troop has used regularly is a split week leadership.
Some of the leaders attend camp for 2-3 days, usually Mon-Wed and Wed-Sat.
This reduces the impact on the vacation time the leader has to take. In the
5 years I have been with this troop, we have had at least one leader only
spend part of the week, although we have been able to have at least one
leader who stays the entire week. Our troop can do this easier because we
have a large number of leaders, although some fathers have attended summer
One thing that has helped has been location of camp. We have attended Camp
Tamarack (LaSalle Council, Jones, Mi) and Camp Loud Thunder (Illowa?
Council, near the Quad Cities, in Illinios). Both of these camps are about
a 3 hour drive from where we live (Oak Forest, IL, outside Chicago), so it
is close enough for leaders to split the week.
When I worked at Camp Rota-Kiwan, it wasn't unusual for leaders to spend
evening/nights at camp and spend partial days at work. This was more
common from troops in Kalamazoo, but I know leaders living up to an hour
away that did this (usually combined with Tote-a-troop, described below).
My father was on the Camp Promotions Committee in the SW Michigan Council
for many years and promoted "Tote-A-Troop." If your troop couldn't provide
enough leaders for the week at camp, share a campsite with another troop so
that your combined leadership was sufficient. This was especially usefull
in small troops (6-10 kids at camp) that couldn't get 2 leaders for the
entire week, but could get one. Put them in a campsite together, you now
have enough leaders to be covered under two deep leadership. At Camp
Rota-Kiwan, one year, I (being 1 of 3 remaining scouts in our troop), went
with 2 other troops to camp. The main leader of the larger troop received
a Tote bag at the closing campfire for "Toting" another troop to camp.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348, Oak Forest, IL. Calumet Council
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