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Adults in our troop keep mentioning a 10 camping days min. a year in order to be considered active for advancement purposes. Where do you think they are getting this from because I haven't found that anywhere.

 

Sheila

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If the premise is a scout MUST have 10 "camping days" to qualify as an active scout to fulfill the "BE ACTIVE..." requirements for advancement to another rank then there is no source. They are pulling it out of their ears.

 

(insert BobWhite vs Evmori debate over active here)

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Maybe they are thinking of the National Camping Award that a unit can earn.

 

"The National Camping Award is granted to Boy Scout troops and Varsity Scout teams for attaining, on either an annual or a cumulative basis, or both, the required number of days and nights of camping. The ribbon that is awarded recognizes significant achievement in annual camp outs and/or cumulative camp outs over a period of years. The ribbon is designed to be displayed with the troop flag."

 

"To earn the annual National Camping Award, a unit must have reached one of these levels of camping achievement:

 

Ten days and nights of camping -Unit Award"

 

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Actually the the ten days and nights is an old (read as outdated) figure.

 

In order to reach First Class a scout must have been on 3 overnight camping events.

 

The Camping Merit Badge calls for a scout to "Camp out a total of at least 20 days and 20 nights. (You may use a week of long-term camp toward this requirement.)"

 

The Order of the Arrow calls for 15 nights of camping, 5 of which were a long term camp

 

The Quality Unit award calls for 6 highlight activities (such as as hikes, campouts,trips, tours etc.) and attend a BSA long-term camp.

 

 

So you see NONE of them call for ten days and nights of camping. That's why continued training is important. Things change.

 

Bob White

 

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Now darn it, Bob White, you did it again. One of these days I'm going get back at you for reminding me of my age all the time. (I'm sitting here looking at all of the ten days / ten nights segments I earned as a Scout.)

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Bob,

In my council the requirement for OA is 15 days/nights camping with 1 week of long term camping. To me that's 7 days/nights. I thought the OA requirements were the same country wide?

 

Ed Mori

Scoutmaster

Troop 1

1 Peter 4:10

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They are Ed,

According to the OA the requirements are;

"The youth must have experienced fifteen days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The fifteen days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps."

 

Bob White

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Bob,

I must have a different form than you couse min says seven days/nights long term.

 

Ed Mori

Scoutmaster

Troop 1

1 Peter 4:10

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From the OA website it states:

 

"The fifteen days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps."

 

http://www.oa-bsa.org/misc/basics/

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James, The only camping requirement for Quality Unit is attending long term camp.(This message has been edited by Bob White)

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