Brownsea Island at Camp Geronimo
Brownsea Island Adventure (BSI) is designed for Scouts who have just joined a troop or have just graduated from Webelos. The program completes most requirements for Tenderfoot and Second Class, and many requirements for First Class. This is a transi-tional program to help Scouts understand the patrol method, learn basic Scout skills, and experience many of the programs available at Summer Camp.
- To provide a well-organized program based upon the Patrol Method lead by qualified instructors.
- To maintain a ratio of 1 instructor to 12 Scouts.
- To teach the basic skills necessary to succeed in Scouting and the outdoor program.
- To instill a respect for the Scouting Methods and Ideals found in the Outdoor Code and Scout Law.
- To provide an exciting and memorable summer camp experience.
- Provide the opportunity to participate in Beginner Swimming or earn the Swimming Merit Badge.
Before Sending Scouts Through Brownsea Island Program (BSI)
- Help the scouts earn the Scout rank prior to summer camp.
- Ask the Troop Guide or an older Scout to show the new Scouts how to use and update their information in the Scout Handbook.
- If your troop has more than three scouts participating in the program, we ask that you provide an adult leader to assist the Patrol Guides throughout the week. This is an excellent opportunity for the new leader in your troop to learn about Scouting. Troops may rotate the leader through the week as needed.
- Host a shakedown at a troop meeting prior to camp to make sure that the Scouts have all the equipment they will need for the week. Refer to the Equipment List in the Administrative Guide. Additional gear list : Required items: rain gear, flashlight, water bottle, and backpack. Items needed daily: water bottle, pen and paper, and BSI passport. Optional Items: compass, pocket Knife, and camera.
Your Week at Brownsea Island
The Brownsea program kicks off at 8:30AM on Monday morning with an opening Ceremony in the Brown-sea Island Program Area (near the Commissioner Shack). During this ceremony Scouts will be grouped into patrols and meet their Brownsea Island Guide—an experienced Scout who will work with them through the week as an instructor and mentor. Scouts will be matched with other Scouts who are similar in rank and experience to increase program flexibility and allow the patrols to work on appropriate material for their skill level. We will attempt to place troop members in the same patrol. Scouts will be presented with a passport and walking stave to keep with them at all times during the week. The passport will chart their progress to-wards the advancement requirements of Tenderfoot through First Class. Below is a sample day for Scouts in Brownsea. (Schedule will vary from day to day).
- 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM: Opening Ceremony
- 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Patrol Time – Specific time at a secluded site to work with the BSI Guide on rank requirements and prepare for the troop competition.
- 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Troop Competition
- 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch and Free Time
- 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Swimming Merit Badge Time
- 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Open Program with their Guide
Your BSI Scouts will also be able to participate in Open Program in the afternoon! Led by their BSI Guide, your Scouts’ patrol will be able to experience everything Camp Geronimo has to offer (with a few special BSI surprises along the way). Want your Scouts to work on more rank requirements or spend more time with your unit instead? No worries. Talk to your BSI Guide and they will be happy to work with you and meet your unit’s goals.
While Brownsea Island always has a busy week scheduled, our BSI Guides are trained to be as flexible as possible to meet your unit’s needs. Going on a hike and want your first-year Scouts to tag along? Scheduled a horsemanship trail ride for the same afternoon they were going to go shooting? You are always welcome to talk with your BSI Guide, or even the BSI Director, to work out a solution.
Getting the Most From the Program
In order for your Scouts to truly take advantage of the Brownsea Program, there must be a leader committed to working with the Scouts throughout the week. For example, leaders should ask to see the Scout’s passports each night and test them on what they have learned. If you, as a leader, are satisfied with the Scout’s knowledge, then sign off the requirement in the handbook. Though there will be informational meetings throughout the week, we encourage you to seek out the Brownsea Director if you have any questions or concerns.