Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Summer Camp
Re: Summer Camp
Sat, 4 Sep 1999 11:04:19 EDT
<Can anyone on the list tell me how a troop gets authorization to tour
Washington D.C. for a week and get it recognized as a long term summer camp
for those Scouts needing the time for OA requirements for membership and any
local or national camping awards?>
Jim sometimes you cant mix two good ideas and come out with a Reese's!
The O.A. rules are clear on the topic. .".. 6 days and 5 night of resident
camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of
The intent is for the scouts to have the camping experience, which must
include those minimum requirement and standards required by National for a
long term camp.
Your Washington trip sounds like a trip of a lifetime, and should be
encouraged. (Is every night camping?) But can it become a resident camp
approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America, I
seriously doubt it.
Don't forget, the O.A. rules only require the long term resident camping
within the "two year period prior to the election". So you should have many
scouts who will remain eligible and a few who might have to wait another year.
Additionally, even if your troop does not attend summer camp, many scouts may
attend camp as a guest of another troop. Many camps have a week for scouts
not associated with a troop. If a scouts seriously want to go to camp, then
the opportunity awaits him.
I think your Washington trip sounds grand. Simply explain to those effected
what choices they have regarding O.A. candidacy. The scout who thinks the
requirement is too strict, is also the scout least likely to be elected by
his fellow scouts.
Or at least that is my opinion.
Lodge Membership and Election Advisor
TA Tsu Hwa Lodge #138