Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: summer camp
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 04:59:00 -0600
What to expect at summer camp....hm. Every time I have gone
to summer camp, it still amazes me how different each year
is. Rather than a few do's let go over a few don'ts.
Don't forget to bring your favorite lounge chair and coffee
mug. You'll hve plenty of free time to sit, read and relax.
Don't forget to bring a notebook to take voluminous notes.
Many times the adults sit around and talk about problems and
solutions...just like this group.
Don't let those others get into war stories about Scouting,
Don't forget to bring your camera and lots of film. The
boys probably forgot their cameras and you may be the
unofficial troop historian. Presenting some of these photos
to the boy as he eventually gets his Eagle will be a great
reminder to him of all the fun he had in Scouting.
Don't be the boss. Remember this is still a boy-run troop.
We always have our leadership elections in the spring and
make sure that the SPL elected is going to summer camp. Let
the boy leaders be the bosses. You can sit back and be the
ultimate problem solver, when the boys can't solve the
problem, you can guide them to the answer, but don't give it
to them outright.
Don't turn down any freebies offered from the camp staff,
like a Scoutmasters Bar Be Que, a two hour training session
on any topic, a chance to shoot for the Scoutmasters' Trophy
at the Rifle range, a chance to help with a good turn
project, or to drink coffee with a neighboring unit. No
matter how cold the lake may be, let the boys see you freeze
your buns off in it too. At our camp, high up in the
Rockies, we have a "Polar Bear" patch anyone can earn if you
jump in our lake at 6 am two mornings in a row, plus you'll
definetly wake up!
Don't argue with some first-time camper that he is indeed
home-sick and do take him to the phone to call Mom. Also,
don't mention it in front of the other scouts. There is no
reason to embarrass the young man.
Don't kid a first year camper about leaving a lantern on all
night on low so he can see the way to the outhouse better.
He may be used to a night-light at home.
If there are bears in the area, don't act like one yourself
and go around from tent to tent scratching the canvas and
grunting. The fear of bears possibly being there is enough
to some boys.
And don't forget to try some of the things the boys are
trying, too. It may just be real fun.