Camping & Outdoor Programming
I often listen to Clark Green’s Scoutmaster Podcast and read his blog at www.scoutmastercg.com. In several episodes and posts, he returns to the question of “how to deal with homesickness.”
In episode 171, for example, he talks at length about the importance of encouraging the young scout’s parents to be actively involved in discussions with the scout. The discussions should focus on what the scout can expect at summer camp. Clark also talks about the problems phone calls home from camp create. He underlines this point with research, suggesting that short times away from home are hurt by phone calls home. To avoid these problems, Clark recommends an agreed plan for written correspondence home often but no calls for short to several-week long trips. Clark also describes the importance of mementoes from home to create some familiarity in strange surroundings, such as stuffed animals or favorite items.
In his wrap-up message for the Spring 2015 Camporee, Camporee Chair Stu Bowes announced the dates for the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 Camporees.
The 2015 Fall Camporee will be held at the Blind School from Friday, October 9 through Sunday morning, October 11, 2015.
The 2016 Winter Camporee is scheduled for January 22-24.
RSVPs can be made on the Events page.
Looking forward to seeing you all again next Camporee!
1- Shelter House/Playground (#2+3) T343
2- Field Across from playground (T6) T18
3- Field Across from playground (T7) T35
4- Nuthatch (will be used for OA Call Out and Saturday Night Campfire)
5- Outback (#19) T73
6- Sugar Maple Ridge (#21) T69
7- Cottontail (#22) T804
8- Sassafras Grove (#24) T358
9- Hill Top (#28) T586
10- Blue Bird Meadow (#31) T269Camp Cullom map of camp ground
T343 – Lost & Found (compass)
T358 – Fire Building
T69 – Wilderness Basketball
T586 – Into The Wild
T804 – Knotty Survival Relay
T18 – Wilderness Shelter Building
T73 – Wilderness Rescue Relay
T269 – Hypothermia Challenge
Stu – Are You Smarter Than Your Scoutmaster?
On Sunday, April 26, 2015 and again on Saturday, May 2, 2015, the council is offering swim tests for summer camp.many boys look forward to being able to swim at summer camp. It is an opportunity to cool off and play with friends.
Many a Boy Scout who has not spent much time swimming in brown lake water has some fears when he goes to do his swim test on the Sunday of arrival. In fact, there are many stories about competitive swimmers who will not pass the swim test because of these fears.
These pre-tests are a great opportunity for the boys to have their swim test completed before arriving at summer camp. This allows them to adapt to the lake water on their own time and schedule. It increases the likelihood that they will get Joy went out of their swimming opportunities.
For more information, please visit the events page of this blog.