Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Summer Camp Expectations
Re: Summer Camp Expectations
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 10:11:26 EST
In a message dated 2/14/99 4:19:26 AM, mfbowman@USSCOUTS.ORG wrote:
<< One or two merit badges is just fine
for a first camper - he doesn't have to come home with a handful of badges
to have had fun and Scouts shouldn't be judged on how many badges are earned
at camp. That leads to merit badge factories - and some of the fun is lost
when its all work and no play.
I just wanted to support strongly Mike Bowman's excellent post on first year
campers. It probably shows my age, but I was stunned by the idea of a boy at
camp earning five full Merit Badges, particularly a first year boy and
particularly Eagle Required merit badges.
Advancement is only one of the eight methods of Scouting and merit badges are
only one part of advancement. To me, the most important objective for a first
year camper is to have fun, be comfortable with himself, camping and the out
of doors, complete Second Class and First Class requirements and, most of all,
become totally enamored with Scouting and turned on for the next year.
If parents, troop leaders or camp leaders make Scouting too much like school
or other achievement/reward oriented activities, then the boy can well be
expected to ask "How is this different? Why do I need this?"