Registration (coffee available)
Opening—inspirational flag ceremony (from Troop Program Features, Volumes I, II, and III, Nos. 33110A, 33111A, and 33112A)
Words of welcome – Council camping chairman
The Advancement Program/Working Through Youth Leaders
Keys to Successful Troop Operation
Discuss how to detect the presence or absence of:
Skills training (examples: camping, cooking, environment, hiking)
How to Plan a Campfire
Conduct the campfire with everyone involved!
Cracker barrel and songfest
Breakfast (cooked by patrols or furnished)
Scouts’ Own religious service
Campmaster Panorama—dramatizations of various responsibilities (some humor, but not too much)
Lunch by patrols (either cooked by the group or furnished)
Final session—Program Is What Scouts Want
Review basic Scouting literature.
Scouting and Scout camping involve doing many of the things in these books. The campmaster must help troops where necessary. Use these books as your helpers in campmaster work. Draw up your own Good Scout Camper’s Code.
Award campmaster insignia and certification.
Sample Campmaster’s Instructions
- Check with the camp ranger by Monday evening preceding weekend duty.
- Personally contact all leaders of units to be at camp on assigned weekend at least three weeks prior to the weekend. Introduce yourself and offer assistance in planning for the weekend.
- At least one campmaster should be at camp by the time the first unit arrives. Other campmasters should arrive at camp as soon thereafter as possible.
- Check in with the camp ranger on arrival at camp and obtain check-in material and other materials and instructions as provided by the Scout executive.
- Assist the camp ranger in checking in units. Make sure check-in forms are filled out completely and that each unit campsite is shown on the camp map. Make announcements and give instructions to each unit as necessary for the weekend.
- Park all vehicles as directed by the camp ranger.
- Make every effort to promote conservation by encouraging all leaders and their units to complete or work on a conservation project. Discuss the Outdoor Code with each unit. Have each Scout and leader subscribe to the Outdoor Code and sign a personal copy of the Outdoor Code pocket certificate.
- Offer to Scouting units any special Scouting skills you may have in nature, hobbies, merit badge counseling, or the camp program.
- You should determine that adequate plans have been made by each unit so that each Scout can properly fulfill his religious obligations. Assistance may be offered by you in coordinating transportation to local religious institutions. Units operated by religious institutions, in many instances, will have plans to conduct their own service. Campmasters should assist such units whenever possible, and may even lead in planning a Scout-conducted religious service in the chapel for Scouts who can fulfill their obligations in this manner.
- Each campsite should be visited to ensure safe camping and to get to know the adult leaders, thus promoting a better camping spirit and cooperation.
- Supply your own transportation, bedding, and food. The campmasters’ quarters and cooking facilities should be left each weekend in a clean and sanitary condition.
- Wear the official Scout leader’s uniform at all times while on duty.
- Call the camp ranger and Scout executive if you are instructed to do so by the council in case of any serious emergency.
Sample Campmaster Corps Evaluation Form
Note: It is not the intention of this form to analyze or to judge the operation of the troop, but rather to provide effective follow-through on the program help you have rendered. Please submit this appraisal to the camp ranger before leaving camp. It will, in turn, be turned over to the related district commissioner.
Unit _____ District __________ Leader ______________________________
Dates camped _______________________________________________________
Patrol method (Did patrols have an opportunity to function as a patrol? To do patrol cooking?)
Program (Advance planning, boy-led, complete preparation)
Areas where you helped
Recommendations (Related to camping)