We have a membership limit of 12 and an age minimum of 21. The age is based on the legal drinking age in PA and was recently added to ensure a responsible adult was watching for underage drinking.
When a vacancy occurs children of existing members are given preference but still have to accepted unanimously.
Sons have first shot at membership when one becomes availableat my camp. They still have to pass by 80%. When we added that clause, we ended alot of wicked politics. For the past ten years or so, we have always had eligible sons. In our camp, they still must pay the initiation fee.
Our camp no ones chidren are gauranteed membership. Whe a place opens up, a parent may nominate a child for membership, but the camp must vote & discuss the matter, it takes more then just being a relative to a member to being voted into our camp.
My Dad was one of the original members - when he passed in 68 I was offered to step on as a member..Received one of those "special invitations" to join the military . in 68 and had to go - didn't get back home till 72 but never had a chance to hunt outta the camp - was burned down before I got home.. and everybody decided not to rebuild - all other members wer older and didn't want the financial burden..
I will preface this by saying that we have a great group of guys in our camp right now.......kids can become Members when they are 18. They must be voted in by the camp membership just like anyone else......three No votes and you are not a member. If voted in, they pay the same initiation fee and annual membership fee as all other members. We have found that keeping all fees the same forces them to have some skin in the game and be more inclined to use the camp, attend work weekends, etc. If we get close to the maximum number for membership, camp member's kids are given preference over anyone else. Kids under 18 are charged the same Daily fee as Members for the days in Deer Season they are there so they get a bit of a break there. Has worked well for us over the years and we have two 18 year old young men that are the kids of Members up for Membership this fall!