Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Summer Camp Partials
Summer Camp Partials
Calvin H. Gray
Fri, 23 Oct 1998 10:59:17 -0500
I've attended several different summer camps. At all of these, the
leader in charge receives cards (type and content varies by camp) that
show what Scouts have or have not completed as far as partials are
concerned. These are usually available on Friday evening after the
closing campfire program. Usually, each card list the reqmts. that
"need to be completed" but the card sometimes shows the reqmts. that
"were completed" at camp.
To prevent disputes after we return home, I review the "partial cards"
with the boys prior to departing camp, usually on Saturday morning.
With a large troop that typically has 40-50 boys at camp, this takes a
little extra time but I've found that it is worthwhile as it is
virtually impossible for a camp to locate records after camp is over.
If a Scout doesn't agree with a partial, I contact the counselor,
instructor or the area director before we leave camp and resolve the
dispute. Sometimes this requires persistance but the camp
administration will cooperate if they know you are serious and won't be
departing until partials are resolved. Remember that the camp
administrative people have an incentive to work with leaders to resolve
partials as they want to be able to take a break before the next camp
I also tell boys that if they depart camp on Friday, there will be no
opportunity to dispute merit badge partials once we return home.
The result is that when we depart camp on Saturday morning, the boys are
aware of their partials and have had an opportunity to get disagreements
Once we return home, I assign a counselor for each partial. It is the
Scout's responsibility to contact the counselor and complete the badge.
The Scout receives a copy of the card (or another form of documentation)
which shows what he needs to complete along with the name and phone
number of the counselor.
The software that we use (TroopMaster) allows the tracking of up to five
partials for each Scout and this is usually adequate. If a Scout has
more than five partials at any given time, we use the "advancement
remarks" comment section of TroopMaster in order to note extra partials.
Our troop has used this procedure for several years and we've found that
it works well for us.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)