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.
While the Council Camping and Activities Committee with its district committees of like name are responsible to the council and district for camping matters, it is well to remember that the committee does not "run" camping. Its job is to train, stimulate, help provide facilities to help Troops, Tribes, Ships, Crews, Neighborhood Patrols, Lone Scouts to carry on their own camping under their own leadership.
In general, the job of the Council and District Camping and Activities Committees is:
1. To promote interest.
2. To provide places and certain facilities.
3. To see that minimum standards are followed, safeguarding health, safety, water supply, food, sanitary and other conditioning factors.
4. To aid the Training Committee in training leaders in how to camp.
NOTE: In some Councils a Sub-Committee on Civic Service may be desirable.
5. To gather information as to local or state laws or standards relating to camping, safety, food inspections, water supply, sanitation and individual and public health matters-in order to reconcile Scout practices therewith.
6. To control the issuance of permits, via the Council Office, for all types of camping and especially for those involving travel.
7. To acquire a broad understanding of camping and to stimulate its wider appreciation in the Council Area.
8. To encourage sound and balanced programs of camp operation which shall give the right answers to the following ten groups of questions prepared by Dr. E. K. Fretwell, of Columbia University, for publication in the Red Book Magazine:
FIRST: Is he safe? Will my son return to me? What are the health requirements for campers, counselors, cooks, and the whole personnel of the camp? What is the physical environment and equipment? What are the provisions to prevent, or care for, possible illness or accident?
SECOND: Does the camp maintain a high level of physical vitality? Does it aid in developing hygienic habits of living? Does it enable campers to keep well, to have the power, speed, endurance and nerve control necessary for working consistently on a high level of accuracy and efficiency?
THIRD: Does the camp furnish a favorable opportunity for developing through satisfying practice, the qualities of a good citizen? Is there provision for initiative, leadership, cooperation, and intelligent obedience to authority? Is courteous consideration of the rights and obligations of others a part of everyday living?
FOURTH: What are the opportunities for having vital contact with real people? Are the leaders genuine-what they pretend to be? Is there a kind of high joyous seriousness in the spirit of the camp? What kind of talk goes on in camp when the campers or counselors are just talking?
FIFTH: Is the program of activities well planned? Does it provide for individual differences? Is there well regulated freedom, attractive activity, free from hurry, strain, worry and envy? Can the camper get his satisfaction out of worthwhile activity well done, rather than by surpassing somebody?
SIXTH: Does the camp provide new, or supplementary outdoor experiences? Does he have new experiences with flowers, birds and bugs, wind, rivers and trees, with mountains, plains, and the open sky? Are these experiences guided enough but not too much?
SEVENTH: Does the camper develop a larger repertory of sports in which he can participate with increasing skill and satisfaction? Are some of these sports which he can carry on in later life? Does the camp help him to get out of the "dub" class in some activity?
EIGHTH: Does the camp foster the mental and emotional attitude of seeking, knowing, and understanding the beautiful? This beauty may be in generous, courteous, helpful acts, in music, in dramatics, in the rising sun or the starry heavens. Is the camp free from the hard-boiled attitude that considers a lover of the beautiful, a "sissy?"
NINTH: What is the spiritual attitude of the Camp? Is it free from cynicism, and superficial, smart sophistication? Is there a spirit of reverence for the true, and the beautiful and the good? Is there able, serious guidance in helping him think through the problems that confront him?
TENTH: Is the camp a happy place? Is there wholesome, manly comradeship free from sentimentality? Is there in everything the joy of being alive? Is there adventure and high daring in the fine art of living?