Mark Wilson (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Tue, 15 Dec 1992 16:09:25 EST
> From: "NATHAN BRINDLE" <NBRINDLE%INDYCMS.BITNET@ricevm1.rice.edu>
> BTW, what do you all think of letting the boys stay up till 1 AM, not get
> up till 8:30AM, and still be cooking/cleaning up breakfast at 10:30AM? I
> personally don't think much of it. My troop's committee, on the other hand,
> felt there was nothing wrong with it. Maybe I did my Scouting in another
> universe...This "cabin campout" was supposed to be an advancement opportunity,
> and I suppose they advanced, all right, but I question the QUALITY of that
> advancement given the time they had left to do it in...These adults are
> convinced that it takes 2 hours to cook breakfast. I beg to differ. Most
> of these boys have Cooking merit badge, too...
National poilcy requires that we give the boys at least 8 hours of sleep a
night. 8:30 - 1:00 = 7.5 hours, ie not enough.
I just took my troop out on an overnighter. They averaged 2 hours per meal.
Of course 75 percent of them were new and had never been B.S. camping before.
One cooked his very first meal Sunday AM. I didn't mind the long meal times
for this bunch. They will get better.
If it was a blow off campout (just for fun) such a schedule would be OK, but
not for one where there is something (such as advancement) to get done. I figure
the schedule isn't tight enough if the boys (and adults) have any "gas" left
after about 10:30pm. Usual wakeup call is 7:00am. Call to colors is 8:30. By
that time the meal should be cooked, eaten and cleaned up, patrol areas
inspected, and the patrols ready for the day's program (whatever the PLC cooked
You don't mention your position. Advancement is primarily a Scoutmaster
function. Only the SM and those the SM appoints may signoff on requirements
other than merit badges and boards of review. If the SM is satisfied, there
isn't much room to argue. The campout schedule is developed by the PLC with
the advise and consent of the SM. If there was a problem in either area the
committee is not neccisarily (sp?) the right group to attack.
PS. I don't think much of that schedule either.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City