Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: First Summer Camp
Re: First Summer Camp
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Sun, 27 Jun 1999 16:16:20 -0500
You'll LOVE summer camp!
Allow me please to answer your questions from the bottom upwards:
>What do the leaders do?
Mainly, enjoy the great outdoors, Irene. What I did during summer camp was to:
*bring three paperback novels (thin ones) or one large paperback
*bring a coffeemug (a large one, so that I wouldn't have to go back and
forth between the dining hall or the campsite
*change for small things like ice cream and Scout items
*a small collapsible stool that I could carry attached to
*a small backpack with a binder containing my Scouts' schedules, the layout
of the campground, key home phone numbers, general information about the
camp, and other key information; a pair of swin trunks and a towel; and an
extra large teeshirt to wear after swimming (I also include a couple packets
of instant coffee to share).
What would I do with those items?
*I would sit out at the campsite and read a bit
*Drink coffee and talk with other Scouters in our campsite and at others
*go swimming once a day during "free swim period"
*sit around the dining hall or close to where the skills areas are
*and keep track of where my Scouts are (and aren't) and coach those Scouts
whom aren't where they are supposed to be to be where they need to be.
>All of our scouts are working on second class.
That's fine. Part of the summer camp experience is to serve as the "final
exam" of troop and patrol leadership and followship. It doesn't matter that
none of your Scouts "have any kind of rank"; what matters is that they are
using the patrol method and the other elements of Scouting to have a good
time for a week.
> How many MB's do young scouts try to do?
Depends on the Scout. Many Scoutmasters will recommend that the Scout works
on no more than five merit badges during a week's worth of camp. That's
reasonable, but I will let you know that there are SOME Scouts that will
earn as many as seven merit badges during camp because they came prepared to
work on all seven; before camp, you should have had a listing of merit
badges that would be offered during your Troop's week of camp. What I did
with that list was to provide all of the Scouts with their own listing, and
allowed them to select the ones that they want to work on and two others as
"back ups" in case the ones they wanted are full or for some reason not
being offered during our week of camp. If the Scout comes prepared for
merit badge work at camp, I don't see any reason why he can't come back home
with five or six merit badges.
>Our council site says to have the boys plan their week. What do boys
Scouts plan their week of camp like they plan school work. Many of my
Scouts took merit badge classes in the mornings and early afternoons, and
then planned in the free swim period in the afternoon when its the hottest.
Some Scouts like to work during the afternoon and do the swimming stuff in
the morning hours. And there are some Scouts that don't really care about
swimming or volleyball or anything real athetic and will spend the rest of
the time outside of merit badge work just "shooting the breeze" with other
Scouts from other Troops.
>"A summer camp tale" refers to camp honors. What does this mean?
Every camp presents "honors" to various units and individuals: unit honors
for fun things like winning that weeks' swim meet or volleyball or
softball tournaments; individual honors for camp leadership, positive
examples of what Scouting is all about, and for games and other activities.
The "honors" are usually unit flag streamers, patrol streamers, or
>As you can probably tell we have never gone to summer camp. This >August
will be our troops first (Napowan) summer camp. What can we >expect?
You can expect a lot of fun, a little unorganization, but a quality program
nevertheless, Irene. Summer camp is a lot of fun....I enjoy going to camps
either to visit or with a unit...it's the true "experience" for Scouts and
Hope this helps out!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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