Re: Outdoor program
Tue, 22 Feb 1994 12:46:49 +0000
Regarding the outdoor program by John McCollum,
There is a lot that can be said about a troop's outdoor program, I know
that how active the outdoor program of a troop is can have a direct impact on
bringing new boys into the Troop. I work with Troop 497, chartered to Baylor
University and we are a troop with 30 boys and 12-14 adult leaders. With this
many adult leaders, seldom do we have a problem with the required 2 deep
leadership. below is a brief look at our own program for the first half of
February: Backpack Davy Crockett National Forest's 4-C hiking trail, 2
March: Spring break trip to Big Bend Nat'l Park, 6 days, we'll be back
packing, canoeing, and sightseeing. This is a family activity. Unfortunately
due to cost, we found our attendance to be fairly low, so subsequently, we will
try to have a local event for those boys and parents who can't attend this.
April: Scouting Adventure Weekend for the district to be conducted on the
campus of Baylor University. This event we hope will be a troop building event.
Later in the month, our council offers an Environmental Science and Conservation
merit badge weekend at the main scout camp in Belton which we will attend with
the boys who don't have those merit badges (2 nights).
May: 4th annual Canoe campout. The troop goes canoeing down the North
Bosque River. This is an annual event and every year it seems as if it only
gets better. This is a two nighter.
Summer Camp for all the boys at the end of June.
High Adventure weekend in Colorado(?) for our older Scouts in the last part of
Needless to say, we try to keep a full calander of events to provide the
opportunity for the kids to have safe fun.
Andy McElhannon at Andrew_McElhannon@baylor.edu
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City