Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Wagon Master definition
Wagon Master definition
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 10:35:37 EDT
I conducted Family Camping Administration training at National Camp School
two weeks ago.
A quote from the national training syllabus:
"The principal mission of the wagon master is to ensure a quality program of
adventure that will meet the high expectations of every participating camper.
A wagon master should support unit leaders in making their year round
program effective; strengthen unit leaders' understanding of the family
methods through program skills and quality orientation meetings; structure
camps to family skills of aquatics, personal fitness, sportsmanship,
craftsmanship, campcraft, and sports; counsel parents and leaders on the
purpose of camping; by example and personal effort help families have a
happy, worthwhile experience. Wagon Masters are the key contacts at camp
with unit volunteers, and they need to be knowledgeable of all camp
procedures, policies, and program opportunities."
What does all this mean?
A wagon master is trained to develop a family camp program, complete with
activities geared to all ages, and to schedule the program to provide both
fun and advancement opportunity. A wagon master is trained to follow all
national standards, resulting in a safe camp experience. A wagon master has
the enthusiasm and knowledge to spread the word about family camping and
encourage families to participate. It is strongly recommended that every
pack have one person trained as a wagon master.
Mary Beth Murphy
Pioneer District Commissioner