What is a Campmaster?
The Babcock-Hovey Campmaster corps is a group of selected, trained, and registered Scouters who serve at camp whenever people are using any part of the camp property. Campmasters select their own time and frequency of service, but they usually serve two to four times a year. The group is organized under the leadership of the Babcock-Hovey properties committee.
Campmasters are selected on the basis of their ability in several areas: outdoor skills, specialized knowledge of nature and conservation, and leadership skills. All Campmasters must have a record of demonstrated ability to get along with people, to lead, and to act in an emergency. All Campmasters must have a working knowledge of Scouting, Pack, Troop, Team and Crew operations, advancement, and progressive camping. Experienced and registered Scouters, with the exception of unit leaders, are eligible for consideration as Campmasters. (It is generally conceded that a unit leader’s major concern must be the particular unit served.)
Campmasters attend training or personal coaching with the Campmaster Chief or designee.
Duties of Campmasters
Campmasters render Commissioner-type service to the units in camp, working with and through the youth leaders and adult leaders.
An annual schedule is made up with Campmasters assigned for each weekend. In case of schedule conflict, the Campmaster arranges his/her own substitute among other corps members and notifies the Campmaster Chief and the Camp Ranger of any change.
Campmasters supply their own transportation, bedding, and food.
Campmasters must be trained in the Scout method of camping, purposes of Scout camping, and the patrol method in camping. They should have completed Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
Campmasters coordinate the work of any program specialists or merit badge counselors present so that units receive the maximum benefit from these skilled people.
Campmasters submit a report to the Camp Ranger and Council on their experience with each unit.
While in camp, Campmasters are responsible to the Camp Ranger. The Campmaster Chief serves on the properties committee.
Campmasters must attend Campmaster training before performing their duties.
For more information on becoming a Campmaster, contact:
Admiral Lord, Campmaster Chief