I know there are a lot of complaints about some of the stuff being built at camps. Heck I was ticked off at the pool that was built at my old camp, when we have a gorgeous man-made lake with built to Safe Swim Defense specs waterfront. I thought it was a waste of money.
BUT, I found out that there are a lot of laws, both federal and state, that are being pushed on camps. That was why my old camp had to build a pool.
That's why all BSA camps have to deal with the National Camp Accreditation Program, which replaced the various National Standards. A lot of the improvements are being mandated.
I could buy all that, HOWEVER:
- Wouldn't better sanitation take priority over a $3m training center?
- Wouldn't better food safety take priority over a $50k storage garage?
- Wouldn't higher water quality take priority over $60k for new golf carts?
- Wouldn't a better med hut take priority over a $2m welcome center for camp directors?
I've looked through the standards and local laws. What is being done in my camps has nothing to do with standards. It has to do with making the camp look nice for those who matter....and that's not the people who pay the annual dues.