Dave Navarre (Dave.Navarre@GSA.GOV)
Wed, 19 Oct 1994 14:11:33 EST
I have to agree with John Oakes about just jumping in, but not totally. I
am a very young (28) Scoutmaster of a very young Troop (almost entirely
11-year-old boys). We had some old equipment and everyone (I think) had
camped with their family before (or as Scouts themselves a few years
back). Despite this, our first event was an overnighter in the Youth
Hostel in Gettysburg.
This allowed the adults to gain some familiarity with the logistics of
such a trip. We travelled in daylight to a pre-designated spot, making
the complete dispersion of our convoy less than a disaster. We had bag
lunches by Patrol, dinner at Mamma Ventura's (excellent inexpensive Pizza
two doors from the Hostel) and cooked inside at the Hostel for breakfast.
The next month we hit a District Camporee - tenting two nights, but near
hundreds of Scouts. On our third event I insisted on a two-night tenting
campout over parental objections. No problems. The boys would be upset
with an overnighter, I think (though our November trip is an overnighter,
as it will be rather cold).
Now the boys have been out 8 times, including Summer Camp. I feel that
they should get out early and often, but you gotta be prepared for it
logistically as an adult - the Scouts, boys or girls, can handle it as
well as we can, even better.
SM149 - Cherrydale, VA
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