Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Camping Merit Badge
Re: Camping Merit Badge
Anthony J. Mako
Thu, 11 Feb 1999 04:47:56 -0500
I tried. I really tried to stay out of this one, but...
Every camp I've been to for summer camp uses official BSA wall tents on
wooden platforms. Every camp I've been to has either the OA or camp
staff set up the tents before the camp season starts. Having been there,
I can tell you the reason for this is very simple. Take a look at your
average first day in camp:
1:00 pm - Arrive in camp, check-in, drag gear to campsite.
1:30 pm - Start check-in proceedure (medical re-checks, swim tests,
4:00 pm - (approximately) Return to campsite, stow gear, clean up and
dress for dinner.
5:30 pm - Dinner
6:15 pm - Retreat, followed by SM meeting, SPL meeting, camp tours, etc.
8:00 pm - Return to camp, relax, put uniform away, get ready for evening
9:00 pm - Leave campsite for campfire program.
9:30 pm - Campfire program.
11:00 pm - Return to camp, taps, lights out.
Exactly when, during the above schedule, is there enough time for a
group of Scouts to assemble a proper, functioning campsite? Remember
that in most camps, there's an awful lot of "hurry up and wait"ing going
on during the check-in proceedure. If you expect a group of Scouts to
set up their campsite AND get cleaned up and dressed for dinner during
the one and a half hours between check-in and dinner, I'd say you're
being a bit unreasonable. Especially after spending most of the
afternoon sitting around waiting for something to happen.
As for counting summer camp for camping mb, I say what's the big deal?
You need 20 days and nights under stars or canvass (Gortex, nylon,
whatever) to complete requirement 9a. You can only count one summer camp
(jamboree, Philmont trek, etc.) toward those 20. The math says (20-6=14)
you still need seven weekend campouts to get the twenty. The idea of the
requirement is to show your experience in camp, not to prove to the
councelor that you can set up a tent. So, I'm for not being picky when
it comes to counting summer camp. And I'm certainly not about to ask my
Scouts to take down all the tents and put them up again just so they can
say they did it.
Anthony J. Mako, email@example.com ,Scoutmaster, Troop 381
http://members.aol.com/Scouts381/ "Home of the Unofficial Boy Scout
Great Trail Council - Akron, Ohio
"I used to be an Eagle (C-7-97), but I'll always be an Eagle (1981)"