Without Summer Camp, Your Son is Getting a C- in Scouting
For Boy Scouts in our troop, regular meetings and weekend campouts are the mainstay of our program, but at week-long summer camp Scouting rises to an entirely different level. Any seasoned Scouter will tell you that about one-third (or more) of the "meat" in the year-long Scout program happens during the seven days spent in a long-term camping experience..
If Scouting were school, summer camp would be the final exam and without this 30%, your sonâ€™s grade would be a C- at best. More importantly, the day-after-day interaction between Scouts at summer camp and the opportunity they have to take responsibility for their own advancement, schedule, and activities, is like a sample of what future life will hold. Like living on campus, Scouts get themselves to different merit badge classes and activities. Naturally there are none of the dangerous distractions of college life at summer camp.
Studies show that Scouts who attend long-term summer camp build stronger lifelong friendships and learn the critical developmental lessons about living outside of oneâ€™s immediate family that every parent wants for his or her child.