Re: Selecting Summer Camp
Tim Hewitt (thewitt@FAIRCHILDSEMI.COM)
Fri, 21 Aug 1998 08:06:14 +0000
Tom Lynch <woodsliv@TMINET.COM> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Question. How does your troop decide what summer camp you
> will be attending the next year?
> Is it base on Finances, Program, Area, Reputation? How much input
> do the scout have in the decision? How do you make it fair to all the
We have two council camps that both run summer programs. The decision however
for us was simple - the only time we could attend as a troop with enough
leaders to make camp work was late summer (two weeks ago). Only one of the two
camps offers troop camping that week...
In our case, the cost of both camps is the same. Area is 100+ miles apart and
camps are similar in character. Reputation of both camps is good. Programs are
very similar. We might go to the other camp in the future for a change of
pace, but only to break the routine.
> This was an area of concern at tonight's committee meeting.
> These types of meetings come up when the committee wants to over ride
> the Scoutmaster.
This statement bothers me greatly. The committee is there to support the
Scoutmaster in his support of the boys program - not to attempt to override
him. Don't go down this path. It is the job of the committee to raise money,
recruit adults, manage troop accounts, etc, not modify the program. The
program is the responsibility of the Scoutmaster - and that means where, when
and how the message is delivered. If you disagree with the choices that the
Scoutmaster has made, discuss them certainly , but it's not your job to
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City