Boy Scouts in U.S.
Fri, 26 Apr 1991 11:24:00 CDT
Well, let us see, where to start?
I am positive that this will not be an all defining description of Boy Scouts,
mainly because Boy Scouts changes from area to area. I was very involved in
Scouts in Montana (Northwest United States) and it is very different from
Scouts in Illinois (Midwest United States). The Boy Scout Handbook is the
same, but the events and the activities are different. In Montana Scouting
is very caught up with wilderness areas, camping, backpacking and hiking.
Campouts were always Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with church services of
several denominations held in the woods.
In Illinios, campouts are general only Friday and Saturday. The reasons for
this difference is geographical. In Montana I never drove for less than
two hours to get to the campsite. In Illinois we drive a half hour. I
believe that this causes Scouting to have different emphasis in the different
areas. Scouts that live on the coasts do more sailing and water activities
than Scouts in the interior, and Scouts that live in the Rocky Mountains
do more hiking than Scouts in the Midwest. This is one of the strong
point about Boy Scouts is that it is adaptable to the different areas that
the boys live in.
Again, I admit that I left a great deal of information out, but I leave
that for other people to contribute. I never will say that I know every-
thing about Scouts, for that is impossible.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City