Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Camping Merit Badge
Re: Camping Merit Badge
Thu, 11 Feb 1999 10:13:52 -0800
One of the most common criticizism of the BSA type programs is
overstructure and very little free time.
I have (begged, cajoled, directed, implored,etc) my program committees to
provide a support program (camporees etc) which allow troops, scoutmasters
and scouts freetime. And to allow them to attend even if they do not
participate in the theme event(s). The troops are intitled to their own
Summer Camp is death of a thousand cuts.(vis a vis patrol method scouting)
First it fractures you patrol structure (each boy for himself at summer
Second it cheats the scout from the basic opportunities of scouting like
pitching his own tent.
Much justification and wringing of hands can be offered by the summer camp
staff for these confusions but the effect is the same. A scout finishes
summer camp with his merit badges(earned mostly on his own) and kept
council with nature for 6 days with most services and needs met by
others.(pre-pitched tents on platforms, homestyle cooking and military
style feeding, commercialization of scouting memorabilia (whatever happened
to woodcarved totems) and excellent lessons on finishing camp with piles of
soiled laundry for mom to clean.
Other than merit badges, what seperates BS camps from other summer camps?
Not much except the price at most council camps is one heck of a bargain.
Commisisoner & Partime Owl
> 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: