Every 4-H camp has some type of camp government. This governing body
is usually called a camp council. The membership of the camp council will
vary from camp to camp, but may include the Extension staff, the counselors,
junior counselors, tribe chiefs, and tribe secretaries.
The full camp council should meet at least once a day to evaluate the
daily camp program, to discuss camp problems, and make decisions concerning
adjustments in the camp program schedule. The executive committee (staff
and counselors) may meet other times during the camp or may meet following
the full council meeting after the campers on the council have been dismissed.
The camp council is an integral part of the democratic process of good
camp programs. Their evaluation and assistance in planning and giving
leadership and direction to the daily camp program is important. The installation
ceremony may take place at the lodge, recreation hall, the bowl, or the
campfire site. The first-year counselors, junior counselors, tribe chiefs
and tribe secretaries are located in front of the main body of campers
in small groups according to their leadership responsibilities.
Installation of Camp Council Members
I would like to take a few brief moments to speak
to the camp leaders in particular. Hopefully, my statements will also
be of benefit to campers. All of you assembled before me are leaders of
the _________County 4-H Camp. But so what? Big deal! There are a lot of
leaders in a lot of organizations in this old world of ours. And now,
you have joined the group. But there is a difference among these camp
leaders. Some of them work hard at their jobs to make the camp program
successful, but some of them do little or nothing to help their fellow
campers. What type of camp leader and worker are you going to be? I would
like for you to ask yourself these basic questions.
First: Why was I elected to this position of camp
leadership? Was it because I am the biggest
in the cabin or tribe? I am the oldest? I am the most popular guy or gal in camp? I am picked on? Or because my fellow campers
recognize my leadership ability and I indicated a willingness to try and
do a good job?
Second: Now that I have been selected, am I going
to fulfill the duties of my camp leadership position? Am I going to do
more than is asked of me or just enough to get by?
Third: Am I going to cooperate with my counselor,
leaders and fellow campers, or am I just going to let the camp program
ride without my support? All of us must work together to obtain the best
camping experience possible.
Fourth and Last: After camp is over am I going
to be able to say I am proud of what I have done to make our camp better?
Well camp leaders, are you just going to do the minimum and get by? Or,
is your leadership position in camp really and truly going to be a "Big
Deal", something great of which you, your counselors, your leaders, and
fellow campers can be proud because you have done your utmost "To Make
the Best Better?"
We will now install the new camp council members
of the _______________ County 4-H Camp. Will the Master of Arms please
bring the newly elected council members before us?
The Master of Arms leads the new council members by groups - junior
counselors, tribe chiefs, tribe secretaries and first-year counselors
- one at a time before the installing officer.
|Master of Arms
||May I present to you the newly elected junior counselor
of the ___________________County 4-H Camp.
|Master of Arms
||May I present to you the newly elected tribe chiefs
of the___________ County 4-H Camp.
|Master of Arms
||May I present to you the newly elected tribe secretaries
of the ______________ County 4-H Camp.
|Master of Arms
||May I present to you the first-year counselors who
give leadership to the ___________ County 4-H Camp.
||4-H camp council members, you have been chosen to
serve as camp leaders by your Extension staff and fellow campers. Your fellow
campers have faith in your ability to guide and direct the activities and
programs of our 4-H camp. I know you will honor the trust they have placed
in you and will fulfill the obligation that are yours. In serving as a camp
leader, you must accept responsibilities. Study and carry out your responsibilities
to the best of your ability. Listen now as experienced camp leaders speak
||Junior counselors, you have been chosen to serve
as leaders of your cabin. You will give leadership to your cabin in planning
participation in the camping programs that require cabin group participation.
You will also be asked to represent your cabin on the camp council and serve
as cabin leader in the absence of your cabin counselor.
||Tribe chiefs, you have been chosen to serve as leaders
of your tribe. You will give leadership to your tribe in planning participation
in the camping program that require tribe group participation. Under your
leadership the tribe will determine a name, yell, song, emblem and other
||Tribe secretaries, you have been chosen to serve
as recorder of your tribe. It will be your duty to keep all necessary records
and record them in your tribe history. You will report the wishes of your
tribe at the camp council meetings.
||First-Year camp counselors, you have been selected
to give leadership to the camping program and to all campers. Under your
leadership, campers will become better citizens through physical, mental,
social, and spiritual growth. You will serve on the camp council helping
to evaluate, plan and carry our the camp program for the week.
Having been duly installed I now declare you embers
of the _____________ County 4-H Camp Council. Under your leadership the
camper will always be represented and the camp council will be a democratic
symbol for all to follow. Through this form of camp government, the camp
program can truly be evaluated and planned according to the needs and
desires of the campers. To you, my fellow campers, I give the leadership
of your camp council. Your cooperation and help is necessary if they are
to do a good job. The strength and effectiveness of the camp council depends
upon all of us doing our job. I now declare this installation ceremony
closed and dismiss you to go to the next part of our camp program.