Camping for cub scouts
Monica C. Pilman (TACVMCP@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Fri, 21 Sep 1990 12:34:14 CDT
My DE said something to me that puzzled me recently. We were discussing
my pack's upcoming Pack Family Camping Trip. The DE got into this
long explaination as to why he thought that such trips were a bad idea,
the gist of which was that if cubs scouts start camping trips when they
are so young, that camping will no longer be "special" for them when
they are older. I disagreed with this point of view, and we went
back and forth with our reasoning for a while, but I failed to convince
him and he certainly can't convince me.
These camping trips are to either the scout reservation or to a state
or national park. Every cub scout in the pack must be accompanied by at
least one adult family member, and most bring the whole family. All of
these "scouting families" get together and organize a trip, complete with
events and awards and an evening campfire. Everyone has a wonderful time.
Now my DE is trying to convince me that we should cancel our upcoming
trip, on the grounds that such things are bad for a good scouting program!
This might also explain why cub scouts are being excluded lately from
council level camporee events, if everyone at council has this horrible
attitude about camping. We had to organize a camporee at the district
level this year so our cubs could go camping!
Is this "new" attitude about camping local to our council, or has this
infection spread elsewhere too? We were going to go to the scout
camping reservation this fall, but now they are making noises like we
won't be welcome there. And it isn't because we are "dirty" campers
either: campsite inspection and leaving a campsite better than we
found it has been important to our pack from the beginning, and we have
received complements on our cleanliness and environmental awareness on
--- Monica C. Pilman
Cubmaster, Pack 234
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City