Re: BAck yards
Michael Dobson (dobson@NET.USUHS.MIL)
Tue, 13 Sep 1994 08:18:57 -0400
On the SCOUTS-L mailing list Ian Ford wrote:
> Personally, unless somebody owns a country mansion or a farm I think
> backyard camping is a pretty silly idea, even for Cub Scouts.
In the BSA Cub program, one of the requirements you can do as a Webelos
(boys aged 9 & 10) to earn your Ooutdoorsman activity pin is to "Pitch a
tent in your or a friend's backyard and sleep in it overnight". This is
not so silly an idea for young boys who may never have slept outdoors
before. They get the feel of what it is like with the safety net of a
house right outside their tent if they get scared.
While not quite the back yard, we often use a small group camping site run
by the County park service right across the street from the church which
sponsors us. It is litterally within walking distance from most of the
boys' homes but is secluded enough to feel like you are deep in the woods.
Mike, Eagle '70, CM Pack 1071, MC Troop 1071, Olde Mill District, NCAC
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