scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Troops That don't go to summer camp
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET
Tue Apr 11 2000 - 08:26:09 CDT
<Steve Hoar wrote>
As I review various information it appears that there are a significant
number of troop that dont go to summer camp. The exact reasons are not
1. In your area, what are some of the reasons troops do not go to summer
First, there are basically four types of units when it comes to summer camp:
1) Council Campers - make use of council camps for summer camp program. It's
automatic every year, no questions.
2) Out-o-Council Campers - make use of council camps in a neighboring
council - because it's closer to their home, it has a better program, or
because of habit and tradition.
3) Self-Campers - make use of non-BSA camps, provide their own program,
menu, cooking, etc. Primarily an adventure in the woods rather than
organized summer camp.
4) Non-Campers - never go on extended stay activities during the summer.
Here are some reasons a troop may choose not to attend summer camp, or
develop their own long-term camp activity:
* Lack of resources - mostly a lack of money, the economic strength to raise
the money, cost prohibitive transportation, etc.
* Lack of adults - few adults are able to assist, schedule days off, or can
afford to take the time off.
* Lack of understanding - in some cases, the Scout's choose not to go to
camp - or simply haven't been sold on the idea. There are also units out
there that operate under the assumption that summer camp is just a week long
Webelos overnighter and all the parents MUST be there.
2. What are some of the initiatives you have taken to get these reluctant
units/boys to summer camp?
Selling summer camp. Actually, it's important to have an active,
functioning, camp promotions crew. Not just the OA guys, but the campmaster
corps, camp staff, council pros and volunteers. In short, everyone.
Ultimately, you want the units in your council to make use of your council
camps, but it's better that they have A program rather than NO program.
Identifying the units who fit into the fourth category above is the best
place to start. The units that fall into the other categories are going to
summer camp, or making their own, so you can't complain much. Once you know
which troops fall into the last category, the next step is to find out why.
Chances are, a little education and training will sway the adults - and a
nicely produced camp promotions program will sway the boys. Above all, if
there is a severe shortage of adults or other resources in the unit, pushing
summer camp on them might not be beneficial. You can always get the boys to
camp individually, or ask another unit to help.
AJ Mako, Scoutmaster, Troop 381 http://www.scouts381.org/
Great Trail Council, Old Portage District