Campmaster Training Schedule

(Two-day program)

First Day

8:45-9:00 A.M.

Registration (coffee available)

 

9:00 A.M.

Opening—inspirational flag ceremony (from Troop Program Features, Volumes I, II, and III, Nos. 33110A, 33111A, and 33112A)

 


Staff


Words of welcome - Council camping chairman
Staff introductions
Introduction of campmasters
Brief outline of the training experience
Organize into patrols

 

9:15 A.M.

Break

 

10:20 A.M.

The Advancement Program/Working Through Boy Leaders
Boy Scout Advancement video, No. AV-02V001
The purpose of this discussion is to be sure that the relationship of boy leaders to advancement is completely understood and that campmasters do not get between the Scoutmaster and the senior patrol leader or the troop leaders and Scouts. The campmaster's best approach is to train the Scoutmaster, who, in turn, trains troop leaders.

 

11:00 A.M.

Troop Meeting—discussion
(References: Troop Program Features, Volumes I, II, and III, Nos. 33110A, 33111A, and 33112A; Boy Scout Fast Start Orientation Video, No. AV-02V026; Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start video, No. AV-02V004)

 

Noon

Lunch

 

1:00 P.M.

Keys to Successful Troop Operation


Discuss how to detect the presence or absence of:

  1. Discipline—Scoutmaster Handbook, No. 33009B

  2. Patrol organization—Scoutmaster Handbook

  3. Planned program—Scoutmaster Handbook

  4. Trained leadership

  5. Advancement program (explain the council advancement policy)

 

2:45 P.M.

Game—fun
Play an active camp game, one that a campmaster might teach a troop.

 

3:00 P.M.

Break

 

3:45 P.M.

Skills training (examples: camping, cooking, environment, hiking)

 

5:00 P.M.

How to Plan a Campfire
(Reference: Campfire Program Planner, No. 33696A)
Plan the campfire.

 

8:00 P.M.
(if dark)

Conduct the campfire with everyone involved!

 

9:30 P.M.

Cracker barrel and songfest

 

Second Day

7:00 A.M.

Breakfast (cooked by patrols or furnished)
Big idea—The Power of Personal Example

 

9:00 A.M.

Scouts' Own religious service
State the religious policy of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

10:00 A.M.

Campmaster Panorama—dramatizations of various responsibilities (some humor, but not too much)
Assign one to each patrol. Allow a half hour to get ready. Subjects to be acted out follow:

  1. Boys hacking trees, building or working on projects unskillfully while leaders are away. (What do you do?)

  2. Boy severely cut with knife; the Scoutmaster is new. (What do you do?)

  3. Troop and two leaders arrive and show no evidence of a planned program. (By dramatization, show how you would counsel and help these leaders and their troop.)

  4. The troop checks out. (How tough do you get? How easy are you?) Dramatize the following.
    Part 1—A sloppy cleanup
    Part 2—An excellent cleanup
    Part 3—Making your written report to the camp authority

  5. How to confer and assist the Webelos den-and-dads campout group
    Note: Hold a short critique after every dramatization, being sure to cover any loose ends.

 

12:30 P.M.

Lunch by patrols (either cooked by the group or furnished)

 

1:30 P.M.

Final session—Program Is What Boys Want


Review basic Scouting literature.
Have these items ready for display:

  • Troop Program Features, Volumes I, II, and III, Nos. 33110A, 33111A, and 33112A

  • Troop Program Resources, No. 33588A

  • Boy Scout Handbook, No. 33229

  • Scoutmaster Handbook, No. 33009B

  • Senior Patrol Leader Handbook, No. 32501

  • Patrol Leader Handbook, No. 32502

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.

 

2:00 P.M.

Award campmaster insignia and certification.
Close with the Scout Oath.
Break camp and check out.

 

Check-in

(Arrival Condition Good)

Checkout

(Departure Condition Good)

 

Campsite

Yes

No

Remarks

 

Yes

No

Remarks

Latrine

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Firewood stock

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Latrine

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Planned program

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Cabins

Yes

No

Remarks

 

Yes

No

Remarks

Windows/lights

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Walls/doors

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Stoves/fireplaces

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Beds/racks

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Latrines/firewood

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Tables

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Program agenda

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Comments

_______________________________________________________


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Signed

______________________________


Campmaster

 

________________________ Council

Boy Scouts of America

 

Sample Campmaster's Instructions

  1. Check with the camp ranger by Monday evening preceding weekend duty.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Park all vehicles as directed by the camp ranger.
  7. 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, No. 33428.
  8. Offer to Scouting units any special Scouting skills you may have in nature, hobbies, merit badge counseling, or the camp program.
  9. 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 boys who can fulfill their obligations in this manner.
  10. 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.
  11. Supply your own transportation, bedding, and food. The campmasters' quarters and cooking facilities should be left each weekend in a clean and sanitary condition.
  12. Wear the official Scout leader's uniform at all times while on duty.
  13. 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

________________________ Council

Boy Scouts of America

Campmaster Appraisal


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 _______________________________________________________

Leadership

 

Organization

 

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

 

Outstanding features

 

Recommendations (Related to camping)

 

Signed

______________________________

Campmaster

References for Campmasters (Training)

  • Local Tour Permit Application, No. 34426B
  • Camp Health and Safety, No. 19-308v
  • Camping merit badge pamphlet, No. 33256
  • Tours and Expeditions, No. 33737C
  • Fieldbook, No. 33104
  • Order of the Arrow Handbook, No. 34996C
  • Our Camping Log (folder), No. 33690A
  • Boy Scout Handbook, No. 33105
  • Scoutmaster Handbook, No. 33009
  • Camp Program and Property Management, No. 20-920A
  • Boys' Life magazine
  • Scouting magazine
  • Troop Program Features, Volumes I, II, and III, Nos. 33110A, 33111A, and 33112A
  • Troop Program Resources, No. 33588
  • Senior Patrol Leader Handbook, No. 32501
  • Patrol Leader Handbook, No. 32502
  • Okpik: Cold-Weather Camping, No. 34040
  • Boy Scout Resident Camp: First-Time Camper Program, No. 33498
  • Cub Scout Leader Fast Start video, No. AV-01V022
  • Boy Scout Fast Start Orientation video, No. AV-02V026
  • Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start video, No. AV-02V004
  • Boy Scout Advancement video, No. AV-02V001
  • Current-year Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide, available from your BSA local council
  • Woods Tools poster, No. 34228