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    • The way we do it is that the boys brainstorm and select their top "themes" --- backpacking, climbing, shooting, etc., and they can  suggest locations if they have had good experiences someplace.  We have a "camping coordinator", who is a committee member with lists of state parks, BSA camps, ACE properties, national forests etc. and he/she will then start calling around for reservations. If a location that the scouts suggested is available for the kind of activity they suggested, it's booked. If it's unavailable, another site is found that enables the type of activity. Only after the camping coordinator is able to lock down all (or most) dates and locations is the plan reviewed by scoutmaster and committee chair and then published.  Families can then plan their calendars and the District gets a fair opportunity to cause us headaches by moving their Camporee dates.
    • Generally, the BSA plan is to crossover the Webelos into Boy Scouts in the early Spring.  That gives the Troop the chance to camp with the new scouts a few times before summer camp.  Talk to the Troop that most go over, and see what they would like.
    • The Scouts often don't look beyond the places that they have already gone to.  I suggest that you talk up different sites with the senior boys.  
    • Hi all, We are about to have our annual planning meeting where Scouts decide where they will go for each of their monthly campouts as well as for summer camp. This is my first planning meeting as SM and I assumed this is how other units do this, since BS troops are "boy lead". My concern about this is that the Scouts may not do their due diligence in researching the many options for monthly campouts and for summer camp. I sent out a list of campgrounds in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and it appears to have not been looked at. Does your unit do it this way or do the SM and other adult leaders play a role in deciding where to camp? Looking forward to your thoughts!
    • An interesting podcast over at the Art of Manliness site if you have 45 minutes to give.  
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