Re: Campfires vs Scouting
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Sat, 22 May 1993 11:30:33 CST
Maggie, you need not get out of the program now--you can, and should, be
a big plus in your son's Boy Scout program. I hope you will find creative
opportunities in your son's troop or perhaps in district or council
It is impossible to answer your question without adding lots of qualifiers.
I have worked in both Girl Scout and Campfire camps (before Campfire went
coed). Both had excellent programs. The GS camp was in Michigan, the
Campfire camp was in Missouri. Neither of my sisters liked Girl Scouts
very much, but that was probably because they grew up as Cub Scouts (Mom
had a den before I was born and didn't give it up until a year after I
moved into Scouts.) One sister worked at a Girl Scout camp and the other
worked at a Campfire camp. Both had great camp experiences. Just like you
will find some Scout troops and Cub packs that are great, you will find some
that aren't so good. The same is true of GS and Campfire. Some areas have
great Brownie programs but lousy Junior programs. Campfire is THE activity
in some locations. We are considering the possibility of 4-H for one of
our sons--it may be the best fit for his interests.
My suggestion is that you visit several units (if possible). You might
also want to visit their camps to see what happens there. In most cases,
it is the leaders, not the program, that makes the difference. You may
even want to take a leadership position yourself!
I hope your daughter has a great experience and that your son continues
to enjoy his Scouting journey.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City