Mr. C and extra campouts
Tue, 8 May 1990 10:20:00 MST
Wait a minute. Have any of these Parents seen the new ScoutMaster's
Handbook or even the suppliment which came out last Fall? If any of them
were with the program they would not be so quick to put their feets in
The new program is going back to putting emphasis on the patrol method and
has with clear intent, divided the troop up between "NEW" (not yet First
Class Scouts) and older scouts. The idea is to have program emphasis which
is geared to the age and interest group. Most Scoutmasters I know are not
going to take a bunch of new scouts on a hike from one end of Isle Royale
to the other. This is something for the older scouts (most areas call it
high adventure). The younger scouts are going to need to work up to Isle
Royale, by starting out with a hike in the Porkcupine Mountines. A weekend
trip with maybe three miles in and another three out. The older scouts
need to develop their leadership skills so they can lead the younger
scouts. If this is done properly, then the leadership should be coming
from the scouts themselves and the scoutmaster can buy a rocking chair.
The younger scouts with the help of their Patrol Guide should also be
working on programs which interest them. If they want to take a day hike
along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, then they should be able to try
and plan and put together the activity. If they make it strickly a patrol
activity then the "older" scouts do not necessarily have to be included.
They will still to bring along two adults (registered or parent).
The bottom line is that the scouts, by patrol and by troop can plan and
have as many or as few activities as they want, AS LONG AS THEY CAN GET THE
ADULTS TO TAG ALONG. The line "Extra" activities for the older scouts
line, is a cop out, pure and simple. Either it is another excuse for the
"incident" or they are mad, because in order for their scouts to have as
many activities as the older scouts, they have participate!
Hope this helps a little. Do some reading in the New Scouts book and
ScoutMasters book. This should help.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City