Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Summer camp scheduling
Summer camp scheduling
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 08:43:02 -0600
This is my first year to be involved in Boy Scout summer camp. I'm the
paper pushed. The camp we selected is an "open" camp - we have some
latitude to choose and plan some of our activities.
My first worry - we, as a Troop, don't plan or plan well. The SM is out
of town for 2 weeks, then I'm gone until we go. I have my Tour Permit,
Roster and I'm (desparately) trying to get Health Forms before my
vacation. But no Program Plan. Am I out of line to suggest, since the SM
is gone, to the PLC that they discuss summer camp programming at
tomorrow's Troop meeting? They could figure out what they as experienced
Scouts would like to do. The New Scouts could, at the same time, think
about what 1-2 Merit Badges they would like to pursue. I'd also like to
introduce to them the Frist Year Camper program, so they know what to
expect. It's a great program and I expect, if the ASM's work on a couple
things ahead of time or at camp, that the New Scouts could be presented
with Tenderfoot awards at camp.
My second worry with this open program - While I want the boys to have fun
and enjoy a relaxed camping experience and not get into the "Merit Badge
Mill" mode, I also don't want boys just aimlessly running all over camp,
hitting the Trading Post for snacks and pop and not accomplishing
anything. A balance would be nice. The guys have fun and the parents
feel like it was worthwhile. Do other troops set limits with regards to
excessive visits for candy and soda? Other rules or goals at summer camp?
My third worry is this - a number of programs at this camp have additional
fees. Horsemanship and Trail Rides come to mind. Many of the Troop took
partial or full scholarships just for the basic camp fee. Some kids will
come with lots of pocket money. Others many have little, if any. Kits
for handicrafts run $7-15. I took some time and sent e-mails where I
could, to parents to warn them of additional fees for certain activities.
I thought part of tomorrow's meeting could be to scope out who might, for
instance, want to horseback ride and then make sure KIDS and PARENTS know
that additional fees would be needed. The Troop is not in a position to
pay for these additonal activities. We could swing, for instance, the
additonal $1 for an archery arrow, but not kits or horse rides. How do
other Troops handle additional fees? I don't want to have a bunch of
My forth worry - The SM did not read, for whatever reason, the Leader's
Guide for camp. The older Scouts, could, if they had registered, have
signed up for some neat Programs - Mountain Man and 50 miler backpack.
They are closed out at this point. I'm worried that these older boys,
which I need to provde leadership, may not be entirely happy with just
working on Merit Badge classes.
Part of thread here is lack of SM communication to the Committee or me, as
CC. When I've emailed, called and left messages with questions, the
calls/emails aren't returned. Time at Troop meetings is limited of
course. And the SM has been out of town somewhat frequently of late,
making communication difficult.
Without stepping on toes, here, how can I ensure that the Scouts have a
good camp experience? Thanks for any help.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 170
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council