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How do you decide who is SPL for Summer Camp?


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#21 CalicoPenn

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 01:53 PM

Original poster here. The question was specifically about summer camp (wasn't sure if the regular troop positions automatically extended to camp).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps the question should be "why would a Troop treat Summer Camp as some kind of separate and special Troop activity with it's own leadership set?  Do units create "summer camp only" patrols?  (ok, I get it sometimes a unit might temporarily combine a couple of Patrols if the participation rate is low but that should be something that is rare). 

 

We hold elections for Senior Patrol Leader every 6 months - a Scout is welcome to run for re-election if they desire.  Though not mentioned in the official literature, we do limit a Scout to two terms as SPL (the Troop is large enough to be fortunate to do so).  The Patrols elect their PL's every 6 months as well.  Elections are held October and March.  The SPL is the SPL for the entirety of their term, summer camp included. 


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#22 Chadamus

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 02:34 PM

Perhaps the question should be "why would a Troop treat Summer Camp as some kind of separate and special Troop activity with it's own leadership set?  Do units create "summer camp only" patrols?


One possible reason:

Our summer camp group's highest rank was two Second Class Scouts. One was SPL, the other ASPL. The boys decided. All other higher ranking Scouts in the Troop were at Philmont.
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#23 qwazse

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:11 AM

... Do units create "summer camp only" patrols?  (ok, I get it sometimes a unit might temporarily combine a couple of Patrols if the participation rate is low but that should be something that is rare).  ...

Our scenario: merged troop of boys with preferences for two different camps on the same week. 2/3rds went east, 1/3rd went west. Divisions were not along patrol lines. I forget which contingent got the SPL/ASPL.

Anyway, whatever problems it caused, the boys were expected to sort it out for themselves.


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#24 Eagledad

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 02:09 PM

We don't usually have an issue of the SPL not going to summer camp. They work hard and the troop pays their camp fees. But, the experience is so desirable that many scouts wanting the SPL position only run for it during 6 months that include summer camp. The SPL is first in camp and last to leave. He deals with almost all issues and goes to all camp leader required meetings. It's a great experience, but a lot of work as well. Knowing how much responsibility is required, the SPL knows to choose his ASPLs wisely. They also get their share of practice.

 

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