Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: First year at camp - bridging Webelos
Re: First year at camp - bridging Webelos
Anthony J. Mako
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 02:07:04 -0500
<Jan Mussler wrote, snipped>
Someone, in their post on this subject, thought things were being rushed
about getting new boys ready for camp...I also remember reading on the
Scouts-L LIst that summer camp for new boy scouts is CRITICAL to their
staying in scouts (second only to advancement in that first year). Any
thoughts on this?
As you've guessed, it may be rushing them a bit, but most troops simply
don't have a choice. Most camps in our area are already booked solid, or
nearly so. The most popular camps will be booked up by April. Some time
around the middle of April, troops will be asked for a "firm guess" as
to the number of Scouts and leaders they will have in camp. While this
number can change right up to arriving in camp, it's used by the council
operating the camp to budget camp operations like food, program
materials, and staff.
At the troop level, now is the time to get Scouts thinking about summer
camp (before vacation plans are made). Not only does it give families
enough time to plan for summer camp, it also gives the Scout (or his
family) plenty of time to figure out how to pay for it. The critical
thing, though, is that summer camp is a great place to motivate Scouts
to advance (and get them used to thinking about what requirements they
Also, the BSA literature (SM Handbook primarily) suggests that Scouts
should get to First Class in give or take, one year. Is this usual in
your troops? A reasonable goal? How does that translate in number of
activities? The Troop we are joining just made the 6 activity and
summer camp Quality Unit requirement, yet the 7th grade boys, who make
up the majority of the Troop, are all Second Class. From what I read,
shouldn't they be farther along the advancement trail?
It IS a reasonable goal, designed primarily to promote retention in
Scouting. If a troop plans and carries out at least one activity a month
the Scouts should have no problem earning First Class in a year. If the
advancement requirement skills aren't worked into the program, or the
Scouts aren't motivated to advance, it becomes more difficult.
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)"