Re: Outdoor CoH
Charles Schmidt (schmidt@UNIX1.IS.TCU.EDU)
Fri, 22 Jul 1994 15:31:23 CDT
> I'm planning a Court of Honor to be held in a State
> Park in a picnic area. Has anyone ever done something
> like this before? Ideas?
Each year as our first camping trip (the year starts with September to
tie it to the school year) our troop has a family campout/court of honor
at a nearby scout camp. This is the occasion for awarding the hundred
or so merit badges and many rank advancements resulting from summer camp.
It has consistantly been a great success.
The troop goes our Friday night for camping. The patrols plan scouting
demonstrations to present to the parents. The parents come Saturday
afternoon, and the demonstrations (things like cooking, pioneering) are
presented. We then have a semi-pot luck dinner (troop provides
hamburgers and hotdogs, relish, condiments, buns and drinks, parents
bring side dishes and desserts). As it gets dark we have the court of
honor at either the council ring with a fire as the "Light of Scouting"
or in the chapel. We typically have around a hundred scouts, siblings
and parents attending and do without a sound system quite well.
Following the court of honor, those families (less scouts) who wish to
go home do, those who want to camp the night do and we prepare a major
breakfast for them Sunday morning. We have our non-denominational
worship service, pack up and come home.
The advantages are many, but primarily the activity builds parental
involvement. Our participation level usually reaches about 85-90% of
Charles Schmidt email@example.com
SM, Troop 64
Longhorn Council - Fort Worth, Texas
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