Re: Webelos Camping
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Mon, 9 Sep 1991 16:28:28 EDT
I meant this for the list and accidently sent it only to Dave Gates. So
here it is. Steve
On Fri, 6 Sep 1991 09:30:00 EDT you said:
> I know this has been discussed before, but I forgot the outcome. What is
>the camping policy for Webelos? Also, is there any difference in the policy
>between 1st and 2nd year Webelos.
>Alpha Phi Omega (Epsilon Sigma)
Since I was the one to initiate this discussion previously, and since
Mike Walton has not yet responded ;-) I try to summarize. First the
official policy is stated in a 4 pager entitled something like the
"Cub Scout Outdoor Activities." It spells out that Cub Scouting and
Webelos camping is Family camping. The expressed goal is that camping
is for the boy and his adult partner (& if female, separate quarters are
required). While the official BSA position never uses the word string
"one-on-one" it is the position that each boy be in the charge of an adult
who is not the Den Leader, since the Den Leader cannot be responsible for
a full Den on his own. Two deep leadership is also required.
Now my opinion:
OK, the real goal is that the boys are introduced to camping and tempted
with the life of a full fledged boy scout. Parents are along to assist on
the campout and this provides an excellent way of drafting future leaders.
I also think that camping with 4th graders (just 9 yrs) is different from
camping with 10 year olds (5th graders). The 4th graders most often "need"
dad or mom ther with them, but the 5th graders who are almost 11 and who
have already camped (including a week long council camp) do not have the
same "need." Our fourth graders will cabin camp with the rest of the pack
while our fifth graders go camping with the troop, including the CAmporee.
All parents are begged to come along, but if they won't or can't and I have
my two deep leadership - we go.
Sure, I'm open for another round of comments. Did I miss much Mike and Don?
Steve Myers, WDL (2 yrs) soon ASM.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City