Interlink 94 (Non-sleeping Scouters)
Dave Navarre (Dave.Navarre@GSA.GOV)
Wed, 12 Oct 1994 14:53:44 EST
Personally, I usually sleep rather poorly on campouts due to the cold and
hard ground. As a young Scoutmaster (28) with a slightly bad back and a
distaste for cold, I am usually out of bed early when tenting to get that
fire going, but also asleep early on the second night of campouts when
possible. I am fortunate in being a heavy sleeper, so that the Scouts
cannot wake me with idle conversations and card games.
I have to admit that I feel the pressure to be the last one to go to
sleep and the first to rise because of the position of responsibility,
but I have found that I CAN leave these responsibilities with others, and
I must do so on occasion because I am, like so many people, a mere
mortal. It seems to be expected for the Scoutmaster, like a ship's
captain, to be omnipresent if not omniscience or omnipotent.
My mentor, Bob Klein, rarely sleeps on any Scout event because he cannot
sleep anywhere but his own bed. It tears him up by the end of a weekend,
but he can't stop doing it, because he cares so much about the program
and about his boys.
Despite the ill effects of Scout weekends, I think we all have a lot of
good, personal reasons for doing this stuff - or else we'd be home in our
beds, sleeping late and soundly.
SM149, Patawomeck District, NCAC - Cherrydale, VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City