I have been observing that scouters have complained that summer camps are too expensive, have too many amenities, and concentrate too heavily on merit badges. My troop wilderness camps 6 out of the 12 months. The other months are at parks, district events, or summer camp. If I wanted to wilderness camp with my scouts for a week I would not pick a summer camp. My dream is to do a high adventure week backpacking through Yosemite, sequoia, or other park/forest. Wilderness camping has its place but for a week that is more varsity/venturing territory. The challenge for younger scouts is that they are away from their family. They are out of their comfort zone. Weekend camp trips are quick. Summer camp teaches scouts independence. Having a well developed merit badge program that focuses on the outdoor skills, eating good food in a dinning hall, and havering a big camp fire program makes the time fun. Scouting doesn't have to be miserable. And let's be honest, would you really want to be near the scouts after a week without showers? IMHO for the money scout camp is a cost effective. They are not out to make money off the scouts, but pay for the staff and facility maintenance. Most big camp improvements come from donations or grants.
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