scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Webelos Crossover and summer camp
Roman J. Smith (Roman.J.Smith.13@ND.EDU
Fri Mar 03 2000 - 05:22:57 CST
Bill Nelson wrote:
>I guess it is a matter of opinion if 1 or 2 months is enough time to get
use to the troop before summer camp, but how do you get them use to camping
without their folks before a week long summer camp?
There has been some concern expressed on late crossovers and their ability
to get the camping skills necessary for Boy Scout summer camp.
If your camp has patrol cooking, that can be some concern. There are some
other skills that also help. But in my opinion, we are making a bit too
much of it. Historically, our Webelos crossed over in mid May. We always
took them to summer camp the last week if June. We were helped by the fact
that our camp uses a dining hall system, guaranteeing the scouts some
decent, if not great food.
Did we have some problems, yes. But we had no more problems with first
year home sickness or camping issues than we had with second year scouts.
The issue is not bogus, but I think that with a good troop guide and adult
supervision, the issue should not keep anyone from summer camp.
When I see all of the 9-10 year olds left at non-BSA resident summer camps
across the country for a week away from home, I find that young people are
quite resilient and able to adapt to their environment. We just need to
make sure that all of our scouts are kept busy at things they enjoy. Then
we need to take time with each scout to make sure that as they go along
they are learning the skills they need for a particular function that they
have to participate in (cooking, fire building, flag ceremony).
Of course, an early crossover a few camp outs help a great deal too!
Roman J. Smith, SM Troop 505 / CM, Ship 505
-I used to be an Owl