Baptism of fresh summer campers
Bruce Ward (wardb@AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Wed, 12 Oct 1994 16:31:48 EST
Have just read my SCOUTS-L digest and feel I must make a comment on
this one. Like manny, I experienced an initiation process on entering
College in the early 70's. It was not until 20 years later that I was able t
able to resolve my feelings and opinions more clearly.
There are two striking features of these initiations. First, there is the
potential for the cruel, destructive element that has already been well
commented by others.
Second is a more positive element, which is the bonding and team building
that comes from sharing a common (if unpleasant) experience. The 50 people
I shared initiation with over 20 years ago are still a close knit group.
Two years ago 30 of them travelled from far and wide to the funeral of
one of their fellows.
My message from this is to build in the positive. Provide opportunities
for the new campers to share experiences with older and more experienced
campers. This can be achieved with team-building games or challenges,
or more remotely (in time) with a challenge or trial like Roger's OA
ordeal. I am sure all who undertake the ordeal feel some bond with
others who have passed before them, and vice versa.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City