From Scouting's Grassroots
the next few weeks, many Scouts, Leaders,and Parents will be attending camp for the first
time. What is your best summer camp tip for them?
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8/07/99 - MDS
As going into my fifth
summer as a camp staff member one of the most important tips I can give for scouts is to
be prepared to try new things. When doing something new one
finds out the best about themselves and others. Leaders this applies for you also,
since you are at camp, do things you never thought possible. For parents take joy and
pride in your child's
achievements at camp.
The best tip that I can
give to scouters while at camp is to drink lots and lots of water. Dehydration is one of
the biggest problems at camp.
A tip while walking down a narrow path, if you hear rattle snakes rattling, RUN!;)
The most important thing to remember while at camp, is enjoy every minute, because once
you are older, you will love the memories.
After many camps spent both in base
camp and in the woods I find that the boys that experience the most and seem to mature the
most are the ones who left their parents back home. Our troop has a high turnout of adults
for summer camp (lured by the low rates for adults) and as a result they boys tend to have
a vacation instead of a learning scout experience. While I strongly encourage all adult
participation in their son's scouting experience, their son will benefit the most if they
spend their time hanging out with the other adults and let their boys become men.
Youth Protection suggestions:
(1) Ask your Council if Boys are told specifically, who besides their own Leadership can
help them at camp.
(2) Know your Troops History... ask your Distrect Exective if your Troop has had problems.
(3) Go to Parents Night.. Observe, your son and his surroundings.
(4) Does Troop seem it's Normal Self
(5) Are the Boys all happy?
(6 Tell your son if he is having a problem, go to his Leader, if his Leader is part of the
problem, go outside of Troop to other Leaders. " BUT GET HELP"
(7) Tell your son, that he can call home
I can think of three
tips for parents and Scouts: one of the Seward trunks available at either K-Mart or
Wal-Mart). This suggestion holds
especially true if your camp
provides cots. The trunks will usually fit under the cot and will provide protection for the contents from
small forest critters.
1) Pack your belongings in some sort of foot locker (like
2) Pack your daily change of underwear in Ziploc type bags. This will help keep your trunk or backpack neat. It will
also protect your clean clothes from
absorbing the odor given off by
your dirty underwear.
3) Parents if your scout camp schedules a parent's day or night, please don't fulfill any fast food requests from
your scout. I caution against this because
it happened in one of my troops
that one set of parents brought their son a "treat" from MacDonalds. The scout ate
part of the treat as soon