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The most important piece of summer camp gear for scout leaders compressed
The most important
piece of summer camp gear
for Scout Leaders
Hiking boots are made for walking, and life jackets are made for canoeing.
As for camp chairs, those are made for sitting down at summer camp.
In fact, I’m going to say camp chairs are the most important piece of gear an adult leader
can pack for their weeklong Scouting sojourn.
Not a cot. Not bug spray. And definitely not a laptop full of work stuff. A camp chair.
You’re already taking a week off from your job, so you might as well sit down and enjoy
yourself. Here are five reasons why.
1. Scouts will always know where to find you.
For emergencies large (“I can’t find my next activity’s location!”) or small (“I can’t find
my other shoe!”), it’s good to have an adult who can be found quickly and easily.
2. It’s the rule at most camps anyway.
Oh yeah, this is more than just a good idea. It’s a rule.
Most summer camps require that at least two adults be present at camp at all times.
This is so any adult leaders at camp can reach someone from any scout section at
3. Scouting’s supposed to be youth-led.
Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell once came up with this unofficial motto for
Scoutmasters: “When you want a thing done, don’t do it yourself.”
He means you can keep your seat while your senior patrol leader and patrol leaders
do things like conduct flag ceremonies, gather the troop for meals and clean up
They get to practice leadership skills, and you get to be around to offer help or
mentorship when needed.
4. You worked hard all year long. You deserve this.
Yeah, Scouting’s youth-led, but it’s powered by the sweat of adult volunteers like
Summer camp is a great time to kick back and put your feet up — assuming your
camp chair is the fancy kind with a leg rest.
5. It’s the ideal spot for reading a book.
The Scouts are off earning badges or doing activities, and making new friends. The
only sounds are the gentle breeze and maybe some chirping of birds.
The conditions are right for reading. That makes a good book the second most-
important piece of gear you can bring to summer camp.
But remember to walk around some, too.
When it’s another adult leader’s turn to stay behind at camp, take advantage of the
opportunity to explore.
Pop over to any activity to cheer your Scouts on. Check out any badge testing
ongoing. See if the camp has some sort of competition for the section leaders and
their assistant section leaders.
Abroad, for example, one campsite offers a Scoutmaster Golf Tourney during one
afternoon. Instead of golf balls, they use racquetballs. Instead of golf clubs, leaders
use clubs they make while at camp — perhaps while seated in their camp chair?!
Someplace I also read that in Wyoming they also have a Dutch oven dessert cook-
off for leaders. Yum!
And you know the perfect place to enjoy some Dutch oven cobbler, right?
Yep. A camp chair.