Re: Camping for cub scouts
Thu, 27 Sep 1990 10:49:30 CDT
Aha! Another one (Don) who agrees with my DE, that camping for Cubs
is bad for the scouting program. I still disagree. If your boy is
"bored" with scouting, it isn't because he's done too much camping, it's
because the organization has not evolved to offer him more. Perhaps we
need new merit badges that are not camping related that boys can work
towards in Boy Scouting. Although, if your son is ready for Eagle Scout
at 12.5 years, go for it! Scouting doesn't END when you become an Eagle
Scout -- what are they going to do, kick him out? He can switch to another
role: one where he helps others win their merit badges, perhaps.
A Tiger Cub bored with scouting? That is hardly surprising: I've seen
many bored myself. The Tiger Cub program is not constructed so that it is
a TRUE part of the pack...they go their own unique way and get left out of
a lot of the excitement. The Tigers that seem to work best are those
organized most like dens, and those that make a point of coming to pack
events (including camping). My son was a Tiger, and it was such a
disappointing experience, it took a friend to convince him to give scouting
a try again, and he missed being a Wolf, and started again at the Bear level.
I don't think camping is to blame for all the ills you mentioned.
--- Monica C. Pilman
Cubmaster, Pack 234
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City