HORRIBLE CAMPS, PART ONE
What’s worse than a Haunted Camp? How about a Horrible Camp? See if you can top this one:
Although we paid a site reservation deposit a year in advance, we arrived to find another troop in our site. The council booked more troops than sites.
The staff took our older boys under their wing and coerced them to perform skits at the campfires as staff. The troop was unable to perform skits at the campfires because our leaders were with staff!
The staff at this camp participated in “vendettas” whereby they conspired to fail all boys from selected troops on their merit badges.
…it gets worse…
The aquatics director disobeyed the “no diving” signs at the pool and cracked his head on the cement. He went to the hospital and didn’t return.
The trading post did not stock required projects for Basketry or Leatherwork Merit Badges.
Campsite “raiding” and thefts happened daily.
One of our older boys, who then thought he was camp staff, began punching other boys in the face. The camp refused to honor my request to send him home.
…and the coups de gras…
After campfire on Friday night, the boys had been told (yes, the entire camp) that they were to go to Sentinel Peak for a program and NOT bring any adult leaders. The staff gave them beer!
Where was this dystopia? Our own council’s El Rancho Cima, summer of 1988. It took 3 years for the council to investigate our complaints and make an apology. Thank God things change!
Sometimes, when the weeks at camp fill for year after year, the camps forget who the paying customers are. No Scout or Scouter should have to put up with this kind of thing. It’s okay to go out-of-council once in awhile!