Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: summer camp hints
Re: summer camp hints
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 12:21:10 -0400
As a person who has spent the last 9 years on a camp staff, and one who
has seen his lion share of different types of scoutmasters, I will tell
you what the scoutmasters are like in the troops that the boys have the
1) don't over schedule. If you are always running to get to the next
activity, you will always be late, and the boys will not recieve the
benefit of the full program.
2) don't under schedule. Make sure the boys have enough to do.
3) relax. This is the time for the senior boy leaders to practice real
leadership. guide the boys to do the right thing. let them discipline
under your guidance (except for serious things). Remember you are on
vacation, but don't ignore the boys to much.
4) don't expect the staff to babysit your troop. the staff is there to
supplement your program, not become your program. Keep control of your
boys and the staff will love you and give a killer program to the boys.
5) when in doub't ask! the staff is there to serve. if you don't know
what to expect, ask them and they will tell you.
Camp Mattatuck Staff, 1990-1998
Connecticut Rivers Council
ASM T-5, Middlebury, CT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ray Sayah Jr. [SMTP:rsayah@SEANET.COM]
> Sent: Monday, May 31, 1999 9:41 PM
> To: SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU
> Subject: Re: summer camp hints
> I have been on a camp staff for around 5 seasons plus all my
> 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
> 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
> Merit badge class, mountain biking treks, nature observations,
> troop activities... let the kids have fun! they'll really appreciate
> Rule #3 Use your commisioner/s the camp will have a commisioner staff
> hand to facilitate anything from campsite scores to helping to teach
> badge content. But foremost, the commisioner is there for your unit.
> there is a problem, find your commisioner. They are usually more
> and wise scouters with a good chunk of time available anytime you want
> your name on it. If all you need to do is talk to someone, your
> commish will
> be there...
> (notice Rule#1 is the shortest, hinthint)
> -Ray Sayah Jr.
> Seattle, WA
> >With summer nearly here (or for some -- already here), and the list
> >with talk about summer camp, I have a favor to ask of those of you
> >to reply.
> >This will be my first year attending summer camp with the troop. Two
> >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
> >my role as an adult leader?
> >Any kinds of advice/warning/look-out-for's that you can give would be
> >appreciated (and yes, I expect a deluge from this chatty group! <G>)
> >Thanks in advance.
> >Jim Gibson
> >ASM, Troop 119
> >Merchantville, NJ