Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Council run summer camps
Re: Council run summer camps
Mark and Kay Ranzenberger
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 09:03:21 +0000
Our small, struggling troop would have a very hard time running its own
summer camp. The summer after I took over as SM, we got two whole boys
to camp. This year, we got six. I wonder if we can triple it again next
We just don't have the resources -- yet -- to pull off our own summer
There are ways to provide a good quality program, however. This summer,
we shared a site with a troop whose leadership wasn't happy with the
first-year camper program at the council camp. This unit ran its own
first-year program in camp, and did a darn good job of it. But the unit
had many more resources than mine -- including a lot of adult leaders in
camp. (Oops, wrong thread.) They still used many of the camp's
resources, such as the waterfront, dining hall and shooting sports
Part, if not all, of the "merit badge mill" mentality would appear to be
customer driven -- with the customers being the Scouts' parents. Over
the years, I've had some interesting conversations with parents, which
included such lines as:
* "What do you mean, he didn't finish those merit badges? Why weren't
YOU supervising him?"
* "How's he ever going to become an Eagle Scout and get into a good
university if you keep throwing these roadblocks in his way?"
(Roadblocks like requirements.)
* "What do you mean you want ME to counsel Family Life Merit Badge for
my son? I don't know when I'll find the time."
(Tongue firmly planted in cheek) Remember what the management gurus tell
us: Don't just satisfy the customer; delight them!
SM, Troop 582
Harbor Beach, Mich.
"I used to be a Bobwhite."