Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Summer Camp Scheduling
Re: Summer Camp Scheduling
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 13:31:31 -0700
Jan has brought up some valid concerns regarding her troops participation at
Summer Camp. As being a farily new ASM (two years) and serving as
Scoutmaster for our troop at last years summer camp I would like to address
some of these concerns.
1st Worry- " As a troop we don't plan or plan well" The PLC should address
what goals the troop may have, but primarily this should be the
repsonsibility of the individual boys going to camp as to what merit badges
that grab their interest. For my troop I usually print a brief syallabus of
each merit badge offered from the camps leader guide, and distribute it to
scouts a few weeks before summer camp, this way they can review what the
badge is all about, and determine which ones sound the most interesting.
Also Some of the badges do require some "up front" work prior to getting to
camp, this way the boys can do some of this work prior to getting to camp.
2nd Worry - "I also don't want boys just aimlessly running all over camp"
1st time campers are usually the ones that have the hardest time organizing
their time. The Senior Patrol Leader and the Scoutmaster at camp should
receive copies of each boys schedule and check up from time to time to make
sure they get to class, and that they are progressing. To make this easier,
the camp usually posts a status report on each boy at camp, for their
particular merit badge class. I have used this system to verify that each of
my boys is progressing during the week. Any problems, I first check with
the merit badge counseler, and then follow up with a talk to the boy to find
out if there is a reason why the he is not progressing. Sometimes he might
be goofing off, or maybe once he gets into a class, decides its not what he
thought it was, if this is the case, the earlier I find out the better
chance I have to go over the merit badges offered and help him pick out a
more suitable one.
3rd Worry - " A number of programs, have additional fees" I usually provide
a recap to each parent as to what these "extras" are, and how much they
cost. That way the boy and his parents can decide what they can afford to
do. The money the boys bring to camp is usually given to me to hold for
the individual boy. I place it in a envelope and keep it under lock and
key. If the boy wants to get some money, he comes to me, for disbursement.
I usually have his parents set a daily spending limit, put it in the
envelope, and I dispense up to that amount to each boy as he asks for it.
This way he won't blow it all in one day.
4th Worry - "I'm worried that these older boys may not be happy just
working on merit badge classes." This depends on the boy. If they want to
use their free time, their are plenty of other oppurtunities for these boys
to enjoy their week. But it has been my experience that these older boys
are the "go-getters" in the troop and use their time to their best advantage.
I'm sorry this reply has taken so long. I beleive if you plan too much, the
boys won't enjoy themselves as much as if you let them schedule themselves,
and just provide a nudge now and then to keep them on the track.
ASM Troop 263
Pacific Skyline Council