scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: New Scouts at a separate summer camp
Kent Wolfe (kentw@NSLP.ORG
Tue Feb 22 2000 - 08:45:28 CST
The question was raised about the troop going in 2 different directions for
summer camp. Three years ago our troop went to Kentucky for summer camp (we
live in Nebraska). The first camp deposits were due immediately upon
joining the troop in Feb, so boys had to make quick decisions about going to
summer camp. Some of the new boys did go to Kentucky, but about half of the
new boys decided to not go at all to summer camp and only one of those is
still with the troop. Some of the boys didn't want to go to Kentucky but
did want to go to camp. So the parents decided to take the interested new
scouts to a local summer camp. The troop committee decided to let the group
go with the requirements that at least 2 leaders go and that at least one of
the leaders be trained (SMF I-III). Three years later 40% of those who went
to the local camp are still active in the troop.
The parents of the boys who went to the local camp had no motivation of
"doing their own thing". These parents and boys were simply not ready to
make a quick decision to send their sons to camp that far away without the
parent going along, not knowing whether the boy could handle being that far
away (i.e., home sickness), no knowing the leaders and older boys yet, etc.
The important main motivation to wanting to stay locally was find some way
to get these boys to camp. True, the bonding time didn't exist for these
new boys, but the experience was still very positive.