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Independent Summer Camp

Postby T129ASM » Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:22 pm

Our Troop has decided to conduct it's own Summer Camp. Has anyone done this, and if so, what suggestions do you have?

Thank you!!

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Re: Independent Summer Camp

Postby Bill Pitcher » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:23 am

Hmmmmmmmm . . . . . you will need a place, MB Councilors, a Medical person, food, sanitation, be approved by your local Board of Health, a fire prevention program, and INSURANCE, just to name a few of the basics. Are you sure you want to do this?
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Re: Independent Summer Camp

Postby FrankJ » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:01 pm

A summer camp for multiple troops might require all this. A roll your own summer camp for one troop would not. It is really more like a week long(er) excursion. Troops do them all the time. BSA provides primary liability insurance for troop activities (or at least that is what they told my charter org.)

Dig up a Scouter master Handbook from the early 60s. It has a lot of detail on your doing yourown summer camp. Obviously you will have to use current YP rules.

Other questions what are the goals for the summer camp? Merit badges, activities, focus on a specific skill set?
You obviously will need leadership in place qualified to do what ever you are planning on.
Planning: just how much (hopefully a lot) & how are you going to involve the youth in planning?
Logistics: You want to eat & have place to sleep.
Any guided trips during the camp. You can hire out rafting, caving, climbing, etc activities to add high adventure to the camp.
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Re: Independent Summer Camp

Postby jr56 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:31 pm

When I was a youth, my troop joined with another to do a joint summer camp one summer.
It was ok, but the youth miss out on the interaction with all the other scouts from all the other units in camp. Some of those units are from other councils. It gives the youth an opportunity to make acquantances they might otherwise not make.
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