Chris Schmidt (CSCHMIDT@DISNEY.IMAGE.KODAK.COM)
Wed, 13 Jul 1994 07:11:43 -0400
Our tropp has worked out a simple plan for this that works quite well.
Two of our adults walk the whole troop down to the showers in the evening
after retreat. All the boys go and the adults usually have a cup of coffee
or for those that have to, a smoke. With the adult presence outside, and a
whole troop inside the boys know the adults know who's in there. If there is
a problem we can wait until the whole shower house clears out.
We have only had one problem in the last 5 years using this method.
A boy from another troop was using his towel to snap at the younger boys.
One of our patrol leaders asked the kid to stop and our patrol leader was hit
in the face. The other boy thought he could get away with it thinking no
adults were around. We had heard the incident and only needed to here it
from a couple of the boys before we handed it over to the other boys scout
Yes, we do still have boys that are not secure in the thought of
showering all together. This year we made our own shower in our site.
We used 4 large tent poles, an unused tent platform, and a number of Plastic
tablecloths to form the shower. The camp uses black PVC pipe that is above
ground and gets the water heated up in the noon-day sun. A garden hose with
a sprinkler head and valve was attached, and wah-la, instant shower.
A number of the adults and boys used this shower on a daily basis.
It greatly cut down on the walk and kept the more timid boys nearer to camp
and kept their modesty. I used it almost every morning after Polar Bear
swim. I was already cold so a cold shower didn't feel so Bad!!
ASM Troop 90, Chili, N.Y.
Eagle Class of 1969
MB Committee Member, Otetiana Council
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