Mom & Me (Recap)
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Mon, 19 Sep 1994 08:18:27 -0800
First allow me to thank everyone who sent mail with ideas and successes on =
putting together a 'Mom & Me' campout! We had ours this past weekend for =
our 1st & 2nd year Webelos with great success.
We had 22 Moms and 23 boys (one mom has two sons) attend Scouter's Mtn =
here in Oregon. We reserved Fort Courage, which is a replica of an old =
Fort. The barracks were at each corner of the fort, with Mom's sleeping =
on the second floor, and sons sleeping on the first.
The program went a bit like this:
Sat - 10:00am / Arrive, sign-in, get settled.
11:00 - 11:15 - Flag ceremony & welcome announcments
11:15 - Noon Eat lunch
Noon - 2:00 / Wide Games
2:00 - 2:45 / Split into two groups. Group A did knife =
safety and whittling with me.
Group B went on Nature Hike with a Forrester.
2:45 - 3:30 / Split into two groups. Group B did knife safety =
and whittling with me.
Group A went on Nature Hike with a Forrester.
3:30 - 4:30 - Slip & Slide (This was a big hit, because it =
was near 90 on Saturday.
It also allowed us to wash the boys. =
We put soap on the slip and Slide
and they got pretty clean.)
4:30 - 6:30 - Foil Dinner preparation, consumption and =
6:30 - 6:45 - Retire Flag and Skit assignments
6:45 - 8:00 - Groups prepare skits for campfires and free time =
(Most played soccer)
8:00 - 9:00 - Campfire (This was great! - We invited a troop =
that was camping close
to us to participate, and they were =
blown away by how much fun we have
9:00 - 9:30 - Crackerbarrel
9:30 - 10:00 - Get ready for bed / Taps at 10:00
7:30 - Reville
8:30 - Breakfast / clean-up / pack up
10:00 - Chapel (See comments below)
10:45 - Wide Games
11:30 - Closing Ceremonies
Noon - Head for Home
Foil dinners were a big success at dinner, with not a single dinner =
getting burned. A training session was going on at the dining hall that =
day and they made dutch oven cake (two of them) and gave them to us for =
dessert. Breakfast was cold cereal, bisquits on a stick, and hot =
We were fortunate in having an electrical outlet close by so I had a large =
pot of coffee going most of the time!
The weather was absolutely the best, and judging from the comments =
received everyone really enjoyed themselves (most were surprised they =
enjoyed it so much).
A question you might be asking is why was a Man at a Mom & Me campout. =
During the planning process they asked if I would be available as a =
resource. So I was there to carry luggage, build the coals for dinner, =
teach Knife safety, M/C the campfire, handle discipline problems, and stay =
out of the way! I joined the training group and gave an impromtu session =
on running a Mom & Me campout, did another session on Leader Appreciation, =
and promoted PowWow.
I visited the troop camping near us and was able to get them to loan us =
their bugler for flag and taps, and they had a resident forrester as a ASM =
who was willing to lead our Nature Hike.
For not going to do very much this weekend I was totally exhausted Sunday =
afternoon. But we had fun!
A final comment on the chapel service. Using the resources from this =
group and a few of my own I did a very simple inter-faith service. We had =
Bahai, Jewish, Catholic and Protestant representation this weekend. I =
focused on the area of God's great outdoors, working together and helping =
each other as my theme. My short 5 minute sermon was on the importance of =
'A Hand', and my Cubmaster closing minute, was BP's quotes on 'When is a =
Scout not a Scout.' Afterwards, three mothers stated to me they got more =
out of this brief service than they had ever gotten out of one of their =
own church services.
Well, that was our Mom & Me campout, and I look forward to having another =
one next year!
In Scouting . . .
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail: =
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City