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• Map of camp and its boundaries.
• Identification of natural hazards and "off limit" facilities that can endanger health or life.
• All program area resources.
74. Planned troop and patrol programs are posted on troop bulletin boards.
After patrol and troop programs are determined, it is important that all members of the troop be informed. Posting programs on troop bulletin boards is an evidence that there is a planned program.
*75. Teaching and practice of the skill awards and outdoor merit badge requirements are included in program experiences.
These program experiences will include opportunities for individuals to learn and earn the skill awards and merit badges. Awards are available in camp and immediate recognition made of achievements.
A part of these planned experiences includes opportunities for patrols to plan and carry out their own activities related to skills in camp. Look for evidence of these activities. Credit is given based on evidence observed in the course of the inspection.
76. Specific areas and facilities have been established for meditation and religious services.
The camp chapel or chapels should be located away from the busy activity areas of the camp, yet convenient enough to make them readily accessible. They are available for formal worship, rest, and meditation. Facilities should be simple in nature; seating should be simply designed. Lectern and altar are designed to meet the needs of the religious faiths and fit into the natural surroundings. In a Scout reservation these facilities may be shared by more than one camp.
77. At least one camp-wide program event planned by the senior patrol
Camp-wide program events, planned and carried out by the senior patrol leaders' council, play an important role in the troop program. Colorful, purposeful special events actively encouraged by camp staff become program highlights for boys. Such events lend sparkle to the troop program when the selection of features is a part of the democratic action of the camp roundtable, troop leaders' council, and the senior patrol leaders' council. Balance in the number of such events is important. Secure evidence that these events take place by talking with leaders and boys.
78. The camp program includes attractive special program opportunities for 2d-, 3d-, and 4th-year campers. List them and credit "yes" if at least two are provided.
Attractive program opportunities for 2d-, 3d-, and 4th-year campers are vital to the success of camps. These experiences must be of an advanced nature, including such things as specialty camps, backpacking, canoe trips, advancement, sports, projects, etc. They should be offered for stayovers, leadership corps members, etc.
79. Nine to ten hours are scheduled for sleeping.
Check camp daily time schedule. Adequate bed rest is essential to good health.
*80. Scoutcraft and campcraft training is made available by one or
Pathfinding (finding your way-including proper equipment for
Campcraft (outdoor living)
Ecology-conservation-including simple weather station
These facilities and related equipment are intended to provide training and activity helps for troops in camp. Equipment may be used in one of these designated areas or it may be made available for use at troop sites, on the trail, at outpost camps, or in an appropriately located area in or near the troop campsite. In this way, capacity of an activity area need not be a limiting factor in helping troops and providing an effective program opportunity for boys. These activity areas may be duplicated in several decentralized locations in a camp. The commissioner area is ideal. Inspectors are asked to check these areas for boy use.
See if there is evidence of safety training in skills like pioneering, cooking, use of
Equipment, facilities, and layout for these areas are explained in the following:
Scoutcraft Activities Charts:
Activities and Demonstrations on Troop Sites. No. 12007
Find Your Way - Tracking and Trailing. No. 12008
Woods Tools, No. 12009
Ropes, Knots, and Pioneering. No. 12010
Living in Camp - Campcraft, No. 12011
Things To Do in Nature and Conservation. No. 12012
Scout Camp Waterfront, No. 12021
*81. Camp program includes a posted list of conservation projects taken from conservation plan that can be done by an individual boy, patrol, or troop. The committee saw evidence of projects under way this season.
The advancement program includes conservation projects. The period at camp is a very opportune time to accomplish these requirements, at the same time doing a Good Turn for conservation and the camp. A list should be posted on troop bulletin boards. These should challenge boys to do meaningful projects with real learning experiences.
82. A well-labeled ecology-conservation trail is available. This may be along a suitable existing hiking trail.
This trail should be a learning experience. Ecology Signs, No. 7167, is availableincludes instruction in trail layout: can be used with appropriate nature trail signs. Work the trail. Is it used? Credit "yes" when satisfied that it helps Scouts to learn more about their environment.
*83. Outpost camps with special program features are available and used for overnight camping.
The council provides facilities, equipment, and staff for outpost camping. Special features could include fishing, canoeing, Indian lore, survival, etc. Visit at least one outpost camp, observe program, discuss with leaders.
In the controlled setting of a well-organized, equipped, and staffed long-term camp, there should be opportunities for troops to learn the skills of hiking and trail camping. Outpost camps carefully located to include the lure of special program features will enrich the adventure, fun, and personal fitness values of the long-term camp. They may be nearby or faraway. Safe water and sanitation should be available at the site. Permit to use off-council site outposts should be in writing. A 12-troop campsite should have four outpost camping areas.
84. Trail camping equipment is available as follows (per 100 boys): 10
Camp should be a learning experience. Equipment and trained staff are essential
*85. Instructions in trail, outpost, and patrol site cooking are provided for all troops.
See 84 above. If possible, observe this procedure and discuss its outcome with leaders. Credit only when there is real evidence of this activity.
*86. In the process of participating in special camp program experiences most patrols prepare and serve at least three meals per week in or away from their own sites.
Read statement under item 39. Credit only when there is evidence that the camp staff really promotes this program experience and has created a high degree of acceptance.
*87. The six Scoutcraft Activities charts are made available to all troops by assignment or through the camp commissioner.
See evidence that the six Scoutcraft Activities Charts, numbers 12007 through 12012, are in use in troop sites. They may be drawn from the camp commissioner. These Scoutcraft activities are naturally related to program at patrol and troop sites or in nearby areas. They are devices used by troop and camp leaders to assist in teaching boys Scouting skills and activities. They should be individually mounted and used at the location of the specific activity as needed. They are not permanently mounted on latrines and troop site bulletin boards. Ideally every troop should have and use these charts for instruction purposes.
*88. Woods tools (ax, bow saw, and sharpening equipment) are available in each troop site or commissioner area.
Look for evidence that the saw, ax, and knife are available and used properly. also that they are in good condition and safety training is included.
This equipment is essential to living in camp, and all Scouts should learn to use these tools properly and to recognize responsibility to use natural areas wisely.
89. Aquatics specialists are provided for swimming, boating, canoeing, sailing, skin diving, motor boating, water skiing. (Check "yes" if 4 of 7 are provided.) (Excused when location of camp does not provide for these activities.)
A well-rounded aquatics program requires trained staff leadership. The camp staff should include members who are expert in these fields: swimming, boating, canoeing, and any other special fields for which the camp provides facilities and/or equipment such as sailing, water skiing, skin diving, motorboating, etc. These men should be trained through the National Camping School or an acceptable equivalent. Size of aquatics staff will be influenced by the size of the camp as well as program specialties available.
*90. Camp program services include adequately equipped swimming facilities. (In a few extreme cases swimming may not be practical. If true, check "no" and excuse.) Note conditions:
Swimming area is fenced, has one entrance and exit, with buddy board and three swim areas. There should be one each for nonswimmers, beginners, and swimmers of proper depth with good water clarity and the bottom free of hazards such as stumps, rocks, potholes. Areas are clearly and properly marked in accord with standards in Aquatics Program, No. 12003. There should be a lookout tower, reach poles, and life rings properly stationed, and docks and floats that are solid and planking that is safe. The area is clean and looks sharp. Safety equipment. such as grappling irons and rescue gear, is available at the site. Area must be under properly qualified supervision.
*91. There are separate areas for nonswimmers, beginners, and swimmers, with visible markers defining each area.
Refer to 90.
92. The camp provides each troop the opportunity for an instructional and a recreational swim daily.
Instructional swims by troops in classified areas are an essential learning experience for every Scout and leader. The lives of boys are at stake. Supervised recreational swims are a part of the camp adventure and are in themselves learning experiences.
*93. Troop leaders are coached soon after arrival in camp and have at least one practice of Safe Swim Defense with their troops in camp.
This must not be an optional experience! The Safe Swim Defense plan involves these steps:
All troop leaders must be trained to carry out this plan and given at least one chance to practice it with their own troops under staff supervision.
The camp issues certification to adults who qualify by conducting safe troop
94. Camp program services include an adequately equipped safe boating area with eight safe boats and eight safe canoes per 100 boys or seven troop sites.
This item may be excused when water area does not provide for space, and thus limits the number of boats and canoes that can be used.
*95. The swimming area has one entrance and exit and has at least one tower or elevated lookout station properly located for maximum visibility and manned during aquatics activities.
Positive control in the swimming areas is required. There should be no compromise in these requirements.
The general swimming area is defined by buoy markers. Float lines are used to enclose the nonswimmer and beginner areas. The lookout tower or vantage point must be located so the guard may see the entire swimming area without turning his head.
*96. Facilities, usable equipment, and qualified staff are available for field sports (check "yes" if three are provided):
fishing or casting
Reference: Field Sports, No. 12020. Use of three of these programs is required for a "yes." The three offered must provide equipment and trained staff support. Other programs not offered are noted as "no-E" and excused.
Items 97 through 104 relate to 96.
97. Rifle range provides five firing points per 100 boys or seven troops. Standards in item 23 must be operable.
98. The camp has a total of six single-shot operable .22 rifles per 100 boys or seven troops. Trigger pull not less than 3 pounds.
(See item 23.)
99. There is a hunter safety field course which follows the suggested NRA plan.
The suggested hunter safety course is the same as that recommended by the NRA. Charts and information are not available in BSA materials. See NRA Hunter Safety Course material available from National Rifle Association of America, 1600 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Washington, D. C. 20036.
100. There is a ratio of two traps and four .22 operable shotguns available for a 10 to 14 troop camp.
An alternate is to offer the newer 410-gauge shotgun program. Standards set by NRA must be in effect and the range officer is responsible to have NRA range specifications and operational guides available for inspectors.
*101. The archery program is conducted safely (to qualify, all items must be satisfied).
a. Archery areas are properly designed.
b. Equipment is safely stored (locked up when not in use).
c. Qualified supervision, 18 years of age or older, under adult guidance, is provided and minimum state requirements are satisfied.
All facilities and practices in archery meet the safe standards outlined in Field Sports. Bows and arrows are lethal weapons when improperly used. The camp must provide a locker or cabinet that can be securely locked. Only the approved