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Personal interaction can make the difference with large groups. Leader Jeff Bedser (far left) reads from the Boy Scout Handbook as Stephen Perez soaks it in, and instructor Dan Masse (left) draws a crowd as he teaches Scouts how to lash two sticks together. Once they have that down, the guys will try it themselves. Back at Troop 66’s campsite (above), former Brownsea participants Connor Munsch (left) and Will Davis chat in their tent. Campers who return to Rodney Scout Reservation year after year testify to the program’s success.


evening opportunity for Scouts to work on the clothes-inflation require- ment in Swimming merit badge. That sort of focus makes sense to


Woodruff, who noted, “We look at the Brownsea program as the future of Scouting. It’s where we build new Scouts.” And to build those Scouts, the program intentionally relies on staffers who aren’t much older than


the Scouts they’re teaching. Troop 66 Scoutmaster Mark Lee said these young staffers “recognize that 11-year- old boys are still 11-year-old boys.” The program also relies on word-


of-mouth promotion from Scouts who have been through the program. Like Will Davis, a Troop 66 member who completed Brownsea in 2007. “It’s a really great program for first-year Scouts,” he said. “It lights that fire of Scouting that never really goes out.” ¿


Eagle Scout MARK RAY, author of The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook, writes regularly for Scouting and Eagle Scout magazines.


Learn More Online Find a detailed guide to running a first-year-camper


program at scouting.org/filestore/pdf/miller.pdf. Written by Andrew J. Miller from the Atlanta Area Council, the guide covers everything from daily schedules to patrol organization to staff training.


TO DOS


As soon as boys join your troop, help them com- plete the Boy Scout joining requirements.


During the spring, help boys complete any Tenderfoot and Second Class requirements not covered at summer camp, especially the 30-day fitness requirement for Tenderfoot.


At summer camp, send an adult with your first-year campers each day; review the boys’ progress each evening.


After summer camp, record all advancement in handbooks and troop records; schedule Tenderfoot (and possibly Second Class) Scoutmaster conferences and boards of review.


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