Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: First Summer Camp
Re: First Summer Camp
Mon, 28 Jun 1999 08:50:40 -0000
<Quotes from Irene Kempf>
>"A summer camp tale" refers to camp honors. What does this mean?
Many camps have special programs designed to enhance the experience of
summer camp by offering an individual award for each year the Scout goes to
camp. At Seven Ranges (it's near Kensington, Ohio), the camp honor is the
Pipestone Award; at Manatoc (near Peninsula, Ohio), it's the Good Camper
Award. In these two cases there are a few requirements the Scout must
complete to earn the award which is presented during a special ceremony on
Some camps don't have individual awards, but do have special awards for
patrols and troops. A camp honor is usually an award that recognizes Scouts,
patrols, or troops for completing certain requirements during their week of
>As you can probably tell we have never gone to summer camp. This August
>be our troops first (Napowan) summer camp. What can we expect?
You can expect a lot of fun, excitement, and just a little bit of easily
relieved stress. The first summer camp is usually a bit overwhelming at
times because EVERYONE is learning what summer camp is like. Be prepared to
deal with some homesickness, tired Scouts, tired Scouters, and occasional
crankiness - especially if your Scouts have no experience being away from
home for such a long time. You can also expect a great deal of excitement as
Scouts meet the "locals", discover the joy of singing camp songs, and
watching the staff make fools of themselves daily (it's in their contract
>Our council site says to have the boys plan their week. What do boys
>do? How many MB's do young scouts try to do?
>All of our scouts are working on second class.
If the camp has a first year Scout program, sign them up! If done properly,
this program should expose them to every area of the camp and provide an
opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed for 2nd Class and 1st
Class. My Scouts generally don't take more that two or three MBs, but it
really depends on the camp's schedule (at Seven Ranges, MBs are offered in
the morning and the program areas are then open in the afternoon for other
programs or for Scouts to just have fun)
>What do the leaders do?
Well, let's see - this past week I helped three Scouts complete twelve rank
requirements each; spent several hours relaxing and enjoying the relative
silence; met with several other Scouters to talk about all sorts of Scouting
stuff; took Youth Protection training (I had the opportunity to take Safe
Swim Defense and a few others, but didn't finish them); and I also spent a
lot of time talking with my Scouts about summer camp, Scouting in general,
youth leadership, and video games.
Don't expect to be around your Scouts every minute of the day. Most likely
they will rarely be around camp, so they only way you'll get to interact
with them during the day is by participating in the same activities they do.
It's also necessary to show them you can have fun too (who do you think
started the water fight ;-} ).
The best advice I can give is to take lots of notes and ask lots of
questions in leader meetings, let the youth leaders handle most of the real
work, and keep every piece of paper the camp staff gives you. Let the camp
director know this is your troop's first experience with summer camp.
They'll usually send lots of help your way through either a camp
commissioner, staff advisor, or even leaders from other troops.
A. J. Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org , Scoutmaster Troop 381
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