Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: New Webelos Camping Rules?
Re: New Webelos Camping Rules?
John and Bernadette Curry
Mon, 19 Apr 1999 13:18:10 -0400
The Guide to Safe Scouting (G2SS), as quoted on the Internet, does not
appear to have any changes in the Camping policies so one could infer that
National has not changed their position. *But our Council (National Capital
Area Council) has stated that rules have changed* and the Webelos may not
have an overnighter with the District Webelos Day Camp. They also limit the
Webelos to camping at the Council level (not the District level).
When I first raised the Webelos camping issue (as it related to Summer
Adventure Day Camp) to Scouts-L on March 22 I had only hearsay. I had hoped
to be quoted chapter and verse from someone "in the know". So far all I have
heard/seen is that it appears to be a Council by Council interpretation of
I find it odd that Packs anywhere should be getting important information
through a front-line volunteer (in our case the Day Camp Director) rather
than as an official statement of policy from Council leadership directly to
Pack leadership. This is not the first change that has come to light on
Scouts-L or by way of jungle drums and grapevines way ahead of any official
notification. I would like to see for myself the change that our Council
seems to be referencing. And if it is a Council policy change, they
shouldn't be confusing the issue by stating that the change is from National
as quoted in the Old Dominion District newsletter to leaders The Old Rag :
"Due to new regulations from the National Boy Scout Office we cannot have a
WEBELOS overnighter sponsored by the District. Cub and WEBELOS overnighters
may only be sponsored by the Council."
I think at this point that the only way I can find out the truth and extent
of the policy, as NCAC interprets it, is to file a Tour Permit for a Webelos
Den overnighter and see if it is approved. I think though, until the dust
settles, I'll file well ahead of telling the Webelos that a trip is in the
planning stages.... I would hate to disappoint the youth.
Bernadette Moran Curry
Assistant Webelos Den Leader
Den 1, Pack 995
St. Bernadette Catholic Community
Old Dominion District
National Capital Area Council
<SNIP FROM PAUL WOLF>
BEFORE we all start writing to National about the so-called change in
rules, let's just step back a bit.
The BSA's camping rules are in the Guide to Safe Scouting. A new
edition was just issued, and there are NO changes in the rules that I
have seen. <SNIP>
So in the published rules of BSA, there is NO CHANGE in the rules for
Cub Scout and Webelos Scout Camping. If a local council is adding
rules, that may be something that members of THAT COUNCIL have to be
concerned about, but as far as I can see, the NATIONAL rules haven't