scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Multiple summer camps
Tue Feb 22 2000 - 10:33:02 CST
In the discussion units having some of their scouts go to one camp and
some to another, this is a common practice in our troop but handled a bit
differently. The troop has done high adventure outings for many years but
these are targeted at 14 and older scouts. What we found was that the 13
year olds were loosing interest. So, we developed an alternative program
targeted at that group.
The troop regularly camps at Will Rogers Scout Reservation. After their
second summer at WRSR, scouts are often looking for something more so
about four years ago we developed an out of council experience with the
requirement of having attended WRSR for two summers (as a scout) and
having attained at least first class rank. So far, we've chosen a
different destination each summer. We really expected scouts to make it
their third summer in camp but we've found that many want to do this trip
their second summer (after having spent a week at WRSR making two summers
at WRSR). It's become an incentive for scouts to achieve first class
their first year in scouting. We didn't expect scouts to return to WRSR
once they started participating in the out of council trip but we've found
that many are going to WRSR for a third or fourth year. (If they return
for a fifth year, they're usually doing so as a CIT/SIT.) We typically
have 16-18 youth going on the out of council trip. This year the numbers
are down slightly since we have eight scouts going to Philmont. We expect
10 scouts to do this year's out of council camp with nine of the ten also
spending a week at WRSR.
The new group of Webelos (who visited the troop meeting last night and
will transfer next month) know they will be at WRSR this summer and next.
They are already looking forward to two weeks at camp including the out of
council trip in 2001.
By making the scout's first summer camp in council, we get a chance for
him to adapt before we make a long trip. New scouts do not have to make a
choice (of going or not going) immediately upon joining, and the cost of
the first summer in camp isn't nearly as great as the out of council trip
(where transportation costs are often significant and the total is often
nearly twice the local council camp fee). And the thing I like most is
that there is something to look forward to . . .
For those wondering, if a scout transfers into the troop from out of
council, the troop committee may waive the two years at WRSR requirement
if he is an older scout. Retention of new scouts is about 90%. This year
it's 100% of those who joined in spring of 1998.
Works well for us . . .