Re: Troop Bus (was 1.Open House 2.Camp Promotion)
Judith Kyrala (IACJYK@ASUACAD.BITNET)
Mon, 5 Aug 1991 04:04:42 MST
We have diversified the type of parent participation and have eliminated the pr
oblem of parent drivers - some of whom may have never driven on Arizona back-
roads before. Boys always ride the bus, even if their families are along, just
as boys always camp with the troop even if their parents have a campsite not
far down the road. In this troop the parents do some of the preparation but
the boys do all of the chores, administration, leadership required to get the
camp set-up and all the cleanup, packing afterwards and the cooking related
chores for the troop. These are usually the things that make parents want to st
ay home. A raised eyebrow or deep inhalation from the Scoutmaster or other
troop leader is usually enough discipline for all except the gnubis (the new bo
ys). Everyone is usually there because they want to be... and boys are not
excluded simply because their parents can't get away that weekend. If the troop
is large enough, there are usually enough adults able to go. Another concern i
s that it is easier on this fragile environment (I know deserts don't look
fragile but they are) to go in a few vehicles than to take an assortment of
70 cars, trucks, etc. if each boy had his own transportation.
The adult scout leaders purposely sit in the center of the camp on lawn chairs
while camp is being set-up or taken down. They are only called when it is time
for inspection or for emergencies. The older boys lead the younger and the jobs
get done. The boys become independent, skilled leaders as they participate
over the years. The transformation is quite remarkable in some cases.
Parents camp separately from the troop and the leaders. Boys are allowed to
help their parents after the troop is set up. Some parents progress to leader
eventually, but not all are able. Many participate instead in fund-raising,
keeping computer records, merit badge work at the weekly meetings, etc.
If not enough adults can go on an event, the event is cancelled (I don't
recall this happening). The emphasis is on allowing boys, parents, leaders to
participate in wonderful experiences in exciting places, not on guilt trips.
Sometimes adults ask to go along just for the fun of it - foreign visitors,
business visitors, scouters from other areas. You want to see eyes light up -
ask parents, leaders, or boys about their last polar bear swim, the trip to
Hawaii, climbing out of the Grand Canyon, water skiing on Lake Powell, the
20 mile hike, their scuba classes, the tricycle race at summer camp, etc.
Scouting shouldn't be a sacrifice, a thing that makes one burdened. It's all
about competence, real enjoyment of life, self-discipline so one can be free
and transmitting this to the next generation.
Judy Kyrala IACJYK@ASUACAD
Director of Advisement FAX: 602-965-2012
University Honors College ATJAK@ASUACVAX
Arizona State University PHONE: 602-965-2359
Tempe, Arizona 85287-3102
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