Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Unit-run summer camps
Re: Unit-run summer camps
Jim Miller Sr.
Sun, 8 Aug 1999 15:15:06 -0400
Just a brief addition to what others have said.
Many camps in our area - the NY metro area - have had pioneer or patrol
cooking options available on a large scale in the past. Most have been
forced to scale-back or even eliminate this option due to lack of
demand. Most troops with an aggressive camping program - once a month
during program year - get plenty of patrol camping in which the boys
are totally responsible for the camp setup, cooking, cleanup, program,
etc. When they go to summer camp, they want to give the boys a chance
to pursue opportunities that they might not have back in the unit.
Troops are diverse in age and skill levels. If you run a troop summer
camp, who do you tune the program toward? Do you require the older boys
to spend all their time teaching the younger boys thereby denying
themselves the opportunity to get those elusive nature and aquatics
I think council summer camps have evolved as a result of "buyer"
preference. Troops today stay away from troop run summer camps in
droves. The councils are only supplying what the customers demand.
Jim Miller, Sr.
ASTA # 3105