Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Fw: Unit-run summer camps
Re: Fw: Unit-run summer camps
Sun, 8 Aug 1999 08:00:18 -0500
In <000c01bee193$234f6340$4e3456d1@default>, on 08/08/99
at 07:42 AM, Daniel Smith <dansher@SPRYNET.COM> said:
>You speak as if summer camp as we have it is a recent incarnation. The
>summer camp programs that we have closely mirror those that I attended
>as a scout thirty years ago.
I haven't been around long enough to know how long it's been going on.
I would have guessed that, as you say, it's been around a while since
it's so widespread and since so many parents and Scouters apparently
> Merit badge mills? Not unless the troops use them as such.
I had heard it said that BSA rates council sumer camp programs in part
based on how many merit badges were earned at that camp that summer. Is
that not true? Come to think of it, just how *are* they rated, and by
>I would agree that a troop could likely focus on any one or two classes
>or activities and do a better job of it but would the boys be better
>served by it?
If we stick to the original purpose of Scout camping, I think they
would. If you take the tack that merit badges are not the purpose of
summer camp, and you use the merit badge program the way it's designed
(i.e. back home on the Scouts' own time), I think the boys would be well
served by your scenerio.
>Most camps are not in operation for all of the summer
>and could be reserved after summer camp season to conduct your long
>term troop camp.
Hmmmm. . . interesting thought!