Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: new scouts and merit badges
Re: new scouts and merit badges
Thu, 11 Feb 1999 10:51:03 -0600
>Jason Cruse wrote:
>If you have a new scout who has been in the troop for several months (let's
>>say 6 or more) AND your troop is helping new boys advance as they should,
>>following the plans for BSA's suggested new scout patrol, I have found that
>>there is NO POINT in having these same scouts take the first year camper
>>program at summer camp.
>I'd agree with Jason on this issue. We have always found that we can
>cover T-1st Class advancement better in the campsite than the summer camp
>staff can at the scoutcraft lodge. We make assignments to our Troop
>Instructors and adult leaders long before summer camp to give them time to
>prepare and "bone up" on their assigned area of instruction. Seems like
>we get a lot more done by just doing it in camp, especially since we have
>probably already covered many requirements at home before they get to
>camp. That way the scout doesn't have to sit through instruction he's
>>I can see MANY reasons why I would encourage a new scout to take merit
>>badges at camp, rather than the up-to-First Class courses.
>>My council, in fact, has seen some wisdom in this as well. Our first-year
>>camper class is a mixture. During the week, the boys finish most of their
>>first class work AND 4 merit badges.
>Yep. True in our troop as well. Actually, since at our camp you can work
>on leatherwork, woodcarving, basketry in the campsite in your spare time,
>many of our first year scouts have come away with 4-6 merit badges as well
>as Snorkeling and Mile Swim activity badges.
>And, of course, just to stay up here on my soapbox about scouts and swimming:
>SWIMMING MERIT BADGE IS A MUST FOR EVERY FIRST YEAR CAMPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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