Re: Camping for cub scouts
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 26 Sep 1990 10:47:01 EDT
As a former CUB master, Webelos Den Leader, TROOP Commitee person, and
OA Advisor, I have observed the transition from NO CUB camping to maybe
TOO MUCH CUB camping. My older son as a CUB could not camp at all.
As a WEBELOS, we had one Father son (in a cabin), and one Camporee as
a guest of our companion (pack 202 & troop 202) troop. Just enough
to get the kids a taste of camping and get them excited about SCOUTS.
My younger son went through the two year webelos program. Camped on
lad and dad, mom and me, Webelos summer camp in first year. Second year
Camped with troop at Camporee, Father son winter weekend, and Council
summer camp with the troop, immediatly after joining. Had all first
class reuqirements completed by December, after joining troop in June.
He has fifteen merit badges, now after his second summer camp, and if
he could have all 21 for Eagle before he is 12 and 1/2. What does
a 12 year old now do at the meetings? The leadership corps is full
of 13 and 14 year old first class scouts, with more time in the troop.
Bottom line, I think the CUB program has gone too far into the scout
program. After two years of WEBELOS, plus other now allowed CUB camps,
the camping and skills of scouting are no big deal. Meetings become
booring, and camping is no special deal. My son who started as a Tiger
CUB, is ready to quit scouting!
DOn IZARD @ UBVM
Greater Niagara Frontier
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City