Scouting, Volume 10, Number 5, May 1922 Page: 1
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Copyright, 1922, £ry Boy Scouts of America
VOL. X. NO. 5
"The Camp's the Thing
And Sovereign American Boyhood Is the King
Whose Fancy Is to be Caught, Most of This Issue
of Scouting Being Devoted to the Wherewith
ONE week at least of summer camping is funda-
mental in the Boy Scout Program. This is just,
for there isn't a troop that can not, if it will, go
into camp for a week. There may be scoutmasters
who think they cannot give the right leadership in such
an adventure, but fortunately there is nothing in the
Scout Program that cannot be accomplished by any man
who has qualified for a commission as scoutmaster. Most
of this issue of Scouting, therefore, is geared up to the
scout leader who wants to know more about camping.
It also may be found to be a helpful check-up for all
leaders and officials.
It has been necessary to establish standards for Boy
Scout camps, despite the fact that camping can be done
on some other basis, in order that the
Movement as a whole may stand be-
fore the public as sponsor for all camp-
ing carried on as part of the Boy Scout
Program. Only when the standards
which have been adopted are adhered
to can scout leaders justify their assuming
responsibility for the wholesome direction
of boys in camp.
The Smallest Standard Camp
THE overnight camp is one thing, the
week-long summer camp, another. It is
the summer camp that is now in mind. Es-
tablished Boy Scout camp standards apply
as rigidly to the smallest camp as to the
How many boys make a camp ? Any num-
ber from eight up, so a troop of one patrol
can go into camp.
How many adult leaders are needed ?
Generally one to eight boys, that is, one pa-
trol needs one scoutmaster; two patrols, a
scoutmaster and assistant; three patrols, a
scoutmaster, assistant and cook; a full troop,
scoutmaster, one or preferably two assis-
tants, or one assistant and one senior patrol
leader and a cook; and so on.
It is urged that troops in Council territory
cooperate with the local council in their
summer camping programs. Also that other
troops try to join in with the nearest council
camp. By this method a maximum of camp-site facili-
ties, safety and health precautions, food cost and other
economies are attained and adequate overhead supervi-
sion assured, the scouts getting the advantage of the ar-
rangement. In no case should a troop in Council terri-
tory undertake a long summer camp without having first
conferred fully with the Scout Executive, and obtained
his approval of the plans from A to Z. The Handbook
for Scoutmasters contains so much indispensable in-
formation on this whole subject that scoutmasters really
should not try to get along without that guide. The
Supply Department has been able to work the price
down to $1.00 per copy, which is absurdly low for a book
of this kind, containing over 600 pages of fundamental
principles of boy leadership and proven methods gathered
from the successful experiences of hundreds
of scoutmasters and executives, illustrated
throughout by photographs, diagrams and
Minimum Standard Camp Equipment
What is it necessary for the individual boy
to tote along? He should wear his scout
uniform and be equipped besides with the
articles listed below. Of course he need not
duplicate articles owned by the troop, and
vice versa, the troop need not equip itself
with articles that the individual scouts take
along. Here is the scout's camp duffel bag:—
Every article marked so that it can be
identified without a doubt.
Clothing: Shorts, extra shirt, extra un-
derwear, extra pair of stockings, extra shoes
or moccasins, old trousers, six handkerchiefs,
pajamas, bathing suit, sweater or wool shirt,
Toilet Articles: Toothbrush, toothpaste,
soap (floating), two towels, comb, mirror
Bedding: Blankets (5 pounds wool or
equivalent), waterproof blanket or poncho,
browse bag or straw tick 2ft. x 6 ft.
Dishes: Knife, fork, spoon (all with metal
handles), tin plate, tin cup (1 pint).
Miscellaneous: Notebook and pencil,,
needle, thread, pins, safety pins, buttons, extra'"
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