Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: unit-run summer camps
unit-run summer camps
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 08:21:30 -0500
I too see the necessity of having council-run camps. Our camp, however,
does not have a dining hall. All cooking and dining is by patrol. As a
result we often have trouble keeping our troops from "defecting" to other
camps, which provide dining halls. The reason most often given is that
patrol cooking takes away from program time. I guess it's the free
enterprise system in operation. You offer a choice of services, and the
consumers pick the ones they like best.
So before we go too far into the argument about what's best with respect to
the aims and methods of the Boy Scouts, we need to have a reality check.
And in our council, the reality seems to be that more and more units prefer
the "merit badge mill," and they "vote with their feet" -- so to speak --
like it or not.