ThunderingWind wrote:For the first time in a very long time in my current Troop's history, NONE of the "New Scout" patrol members are going to
summer camp. This is really giving everyone "in charge" some stress. None of the parents are giving any really good answers and the Scouts keep directing us back to Mom and Dad.
They all are coming to the weekly meetings and several of the outings.
We just do not understand.
ScoutMomGWRC wrote:.......For a first year scout, it would be awesome to have all the information up front, maybe even a discussion of financial aid in general, so no one feels singled out or embarrassed. A list of what the troop can loan out for equipment and such....maybe that would help. If it is a case of the parents not being comfortable with their son going on a campout with the adult leaders, there is not much you can do. It takes a while for that trust to build.
Oh, it also really helped to have the T21 program explained to me. It was important for me to learn that the camp did something geared toward the younger set.
ThunderingWind wrote:Covered all these items in our many outreaches to the parents and the boys. They are from our feeded pack at the same Chartered Org. Scout money from popcorn travels with the boys in this Chartered Org. They had been with the troop on about 4 outings, two overnights, etc......We gave parents a nice document that covered everything you mentioned and they crossed over in early March. Money should not be a problem as these are families that from all outward appearances should not have an issue/need.
ThunderingWind wrote:Since this has not happened in the last 20 years, the long term adults that are part of the committee and SM/ASM Corps are troubled. All but one has made Scout and we are making full progress on T21. Now we have to revamp our training schedule to add back in what was going to be covered at summer camp and figure out how to get the boys more nights camping. One night a month is not going cut it when you factor in family vacations, being sick, etc....
We are using a programmed T21 schedule that takes all the advancment items and breaks them up through out the year and so that roughly a year after a boy crosses over, he makes First Class. We edited out that stuff taught at Summer Camp and inserted more training for items that seem to need more (First Aid, Knots, Pioneering and Map & Compass). Now we will have to add back in what was going to be taught at the sumer camp T21 program.ScoutMomGWRC wrote:I do have a question, more for myself, since I am only one year into this.... you mention needing to revamp a training schedule. I am not certain what this means? Do the boys in your troop work independently or do they have a schedule they are on?
ThunderingWind wrote:I was told this troop has had a boy or two not go to camp each summer, but the fact that this year is it 100% of the new Scout and 60% of the rest of the troop has the committee worried that something is going wrong.
ThunderingWind wrote:I think the camp the troop is going to offers a solid program. They are part of the Personal Water Craft test so that got a few olders boys excited. Not much in the way of merit badges and specials is missing. The only thing I see missing is a long hike/backpacking offering.
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