Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: summer camp hints
Re: summer camp hints
Ray Sayah Jr.
Mon, 31 May 1999 19:41:17 -0700
I have been on a camp staff for around 5 seasons plus all my off-season
work. I can only offer an adult 3 pieces of advice and 3 pieces only.
Rule #1 Have fun, there's usually things for adults to do... please do not
spend your time babysitting, there's a paid staff to do that!
Rule #2 If you think that you need to be totally involved with what the kids
are doing, you're wrong. At summer camp, there are a thousand little worlds.
Merit badge class, mountain biking treks, nature observations, competitions,
troop activities... let the kids have fun! they'll really appreciate it!
Rule #3 Use your commisioner/s the camp will have a commisioner staff on
hand to facilitate anything from campsite scores to helping to teach merit
badge content. But foremost, the commisioner is there for your unit. If
there is a problem, find your commisioner. They are usually more experienced
and wise scouters with a good chunk of time available anytime you want with
your name on it. If all you need to do is talk to someone, your commish will
(notice Rule#1 is the shortest, hinthint)
-Ray Sayah Jr.
>With summer nearly here (or for some -- already here), and the list abuzz
>with talk about summer camp, I have a favor to ask of those of you willing
>This will be my first year attending summer camp with the troop. Two years
>ago, I did Webelos summer camp so I'm familiar with that program. My
>question is this: what should I expect from Boy Scout camp and what will
>my role as an adult leader?
>Any kinds of advice/warning/look-out-for's that you can give would be most
>appreciated (and yes, I expect a deluge from this chatty group! <G>)
>Thanks in advance.
>ASM, Troop 119