scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: troop attend separate camps
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Thu Feb 17 2000 - 07:35:52 CST
Ginny, et al:
I see two problems here, to begin with. First, you mentioned that the
Webelos will cross over in April and that the summer camp dates were
told to those parents "a few months ago." You should begin working with
the second year Webelos and their parents in the fall, not in the
winter. If your troop knows when and where it's going to summer camp in
the fall (which is practically necessary in our council) you need to
tell those parents then, not in January or February.
Secondly, there is nothing wrong with the Webelos not going to camp
with you. We have had that happen in our troop. Those boys just are a
little behind in their advancement, that's all. Are you afraid of
losing them to the other troop, if they go to camp with another troop? I
can understand that, but if your troop's program is a strong program,
the boys will come back.
One final question: why are you waiting until April to bridge these
boys? Why weren't they bridged in January or February?
Parents have plans far in advance. In my company, we have to make
vacation plans for the next year in the preceding fall (Oct. or Nov.)
based on seniority. So I know right away when summer camp is, and when
we are going, and where we are going. Our council's summer camp is
popular enough with out of state troops, you'd better make your
reservations in September!