Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Summer Camp Adult Vacations?
Re: Summer Camp Adult Vacations?
Calvin H. Gray
Sun, 1 Aug 1999 19:25:00 -0500
Daniel Smith wrote:
> To clarify what was obviously misread, summer camp is definitely no vacation
> for the 2,3,4,5 adults needed to supervise the group, but when you get past
> that, there is no reason for the rest of the adults to be there other than
> to "vacation". The adult activities at camp are to as you said provide hard
> to get training and to inject a little levity and recreation into what is
> most times a trying week of supervision for the unit leaders. The original
> letter posted on this subject I think mentioned 15 adults with a unit. That
> number is unbelievable and certainly unneeded.
A couple of mighty broad statements indeed!
This year, we took 58 Scouts to a summer camp 430 miles from home.
We had 14 adults. We needed 11 vehicles to transport our contingent
plus equipment so that left 3 adults that didn't take a vehicle. One of
these (me) is visually impaired and can't drive. That gave us two
"relief" drivers which we certainly needed.
I've been to summer camp with a Scout/adult ratio as high as 16/1 and
as low as the 4/1 that we had this year. Experience as the primary
leader during 19 summer camps trips has taught me that the best ratio is
somewhere in the neighborhood of 6/1.
Summer camp is an ideal way to introduce new adults into long term
camping and provide a taste of what high adventure trips will be like.
It's also a great opportunity for them to obtain training (BSA
Lifeguard, Safe Swim Defense & Safety Afloat come to mind) that helps a
troop in offering aquatics activities during monthly campouts. Spending
a week at summer camp can also be a great experience for a parent and
his/her son, especially in this age when many parents get to spend
little time with their sons due to job responsibilities.
Our troop has never turned down an adult who wanted to attend summer
camp and I doubt if we ever will.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)