This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
The planning of camping opportunities for the Scouts of a Neighborhood Patrol should follow quite the same lines used for a rural Troop-for a Neighborhood Patrol and its supporting man-power is simply a group of Scouts too small to make the standard Troop, but not to be denied Scouting or camping on that account or be forced to emigrate into town to get them. The man and boys of the Neighborhood Patrol need:
1. To counsel with District Camping Chairman and the Commissioners about camping for the Patrol.'
2. To study the standards of good camping and train for year-round camp program. (Available from the Local Council or National Camping and Activities Service.)
3. To take a "Declaration of Purpose" form and develop a camping program for their Scouts and so arranged as to be suited to the home problems, the crop and seasonal demands upon those concerned-and develop their own program in a democratic fashion.
The Neighborhood Patrol and its Scoutmaster can fit right into the all-year camping plans as well as for the summer camp, in addition to carrying on their regular program of overnight camping.
SCOUTS RESPECT THEIR FLAG
If seasonal farm work conflicts with the proposed dates, then those involved-the men and the boys- are the ones to proceed to adjust their plans, in consultation of course with the District Camping Chairman and with the District Commissioners and Council Office. In some sections, this may mean a special camp session to serve rural boys where crop conditions make a shift necessary. It may call for a series of shorter camp periods spread over a period of weeks or months. Whatever adjustment is needed should be made. The plan here suggested proposes that those concerned make the needed adjustments in consultation with their local leaders and the District and Council camping authorities.
How may camping be brought to the Scouts of a Lone Scout Tribe? The Tribe Scoutmaster and Tribe Committee face the problem of bringing these Lone Scouts together, as many as possible, into a number of camp experiences which have even greater social value to these Lone Scouts because of the fewer "get togethers" which the Tribe has during the year, as compared with the town Troop. It is recommended that the Tribe Scoutmaster and Tribe Committee plan for several of their "monthly" Tribe meetings to be held as outdoor meetings, probably on Saturdays, or some equally convenient time to be discovered by those involved.
In addition to these Tribe outdoor meetings, there are several other kinds of camping possibilities for the members of the Lone Scout Tribe:
1. To fit the Tribe into the council summer camp plans, to come as a Tribe under its own leadership.
2. To fit individual Patrols of the Tribe into the council and district camping schedule-or to plan with and for such Tribe Patrols special short-term camping experiences in terms of their own time and the seasonal farm work demands. These may be overnight camps or week-end, taking care to do no violence to the religious customs and observances for the Sabbath day.
3. To encourage the Lone Scout to make or secure his own simple outdoor equipment and learn how to use it on his home farm or in his own rural neighborhood-camping with members of family or with another Lone Scout invited in to share such an experience with him. Also fishing and similar trips with his father or with his "Friend and Counselor" may afford enjoyable camping practice.
As rapidly as possible Lone Scouts should be federated into a Tribe organization with Tribe Scoutmaster and sponsoring Tribe Committee. This committee is usually the District Committee. Until that has been done, the District Camping Committee certainly has an unusual responsibility to help all Lone Scouts. This may be done in much the same ways as suggested under the preceding paragraph.
TEXANS TWIRL ROPES AT JAMBOREE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
1. Fit the Lone Scout (via invitation) in with the camping plans of a not-to-far-distant rural Troop or Neighborhood Patrol as they carry out district plans or plans made by the Tribe, Troop or Patrol. It may be that the Lone Scout, not a member of an organized group, can be geared into a District Tribe if one is within transportation reach.
2. Stimulate the Lone Scout to make or secure simple camping equipment and to use it in and near his own home as a means of learning the outdoor techniques. Encourage the Lone Scout with his father or "Friend and Counselor" to undertake some outdoor expeditions as time permits. No Lone Scout should go alone on camp trips.