GPS & Philmont
Bob McGwier (n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG)
Tue, 4 Oct 1994 14:50:25 EDT
Nothing personal, but your post really bothered me a great deal. Boy
Scouts of America is a boy run program. That is a really simple statement.
The English words are not many and the meaning should be clear. Nowhere
in BSA is this stressed more than in the materials you get before you go
to Philmont or while you are at Philmont in the Advisor's meetings or
during ranger training. All the things you said you did were the crew chief's
job. What was the crew chief's job? One of the reasons they recommend these
treks for experienced crews are those you mentioned. If you were not satisfied
with their ability to go into the Valle Vidal without a GPS receiver (I
left mine at home) you should've advised them they would be happier with a trek
that they were able to accomplish on their own. As it is, you did the job
for them and denied them the experience of having done it all on their own.
THE CREW ADVISOR'S JOB IS TO DRINK COFFEE AND HAVE A GOOD VACATION unless
serious safety issues arise that are not being dealt with by the crew chief.
I am sure you went to the same talks I did and my crew chief and his aides did
all the orienteering. I did not make a single direction decision even when
asked. I think we were told this was the way it was supposed to be about a
dozen times before we left. I STRONGLY urge others on this list who find
themselves as crew advisors to allow the crew members to struggle with the
compass and maps and to get lost if that is what happens. It is the purpose
of Philmont to be a stretch and they should be allowed to do it on their own.
Sorry for getting on my soap box. I went twice as a kid. The first time
was a miserable experience with the scoutmaster doing everything. The second
time, I was crew chief and had the greatest advisor you can possibly imagine
and we just had a terrific time, getting lost twice and recovering our way,
never missing a camp or program. He put us the trials and training and then
let us do it on our own. A troop, of all the types of units that go out there,
should be most capable of accomplishing this since they are "captured" once a
week to practice for their trek. I am off again this year on 703-?-?. My
crew will elect their crew chief, pick their trek, and the run it themselves.
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