It came to our attention yesterday, in part because of all the comments we received on the blog (thank you for your support), that the post on the 29 Rules You Must Know and Obey at Scout Camp was complied to teach Scouters just how far, too far might be. The ridiculousness of the rules elicited a lot of passion around camping and the experience at Boy Scout Camp.
This list of rules was created six years ago by a camp director and was used in a training seminar to show how such rules might go over the top at camp. It was picked up by someone in the Council, in good faith, and given to me to publish. Neither of us realized that this was six years old and created as a joke as part of an object lesson.
Bob Gowans, the director of Camping, was not aware that this had been published on the blog and it came to his attention just yesterday. He had never seen the list before and someone in the Council remembered it being used six years ago.
We apologize for the misinformation that was put out.
The list did show us how as Scouters we can sometimes make rules that divert Scouting from its mission of the Scout Oath and Law.
A boy who is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent is a boy who learns to direct his own behavior. How you use the Scout Law as your rules for camp?
Author: Heidi Sanders, Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council