Re: Group Trailers
Hall, Scott D. (shall@ISC901.JSC.NASA.GOV)
Wed, 19 Oct 1994 14:52:00 CDT
Scott Hall wrote:
-} >There was a very good article in SCOUTING magazine that touched on the
-} >change of camping style which a trailer would inflict on a troop.
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Bruce Henry wrote:
-} The effect a trailer has depends on how it is used. We use our
-} trailer to load gear on Wednesday before we leave on Friday. This
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Scott Hall writes again :)
My experience with a troop trailer (as an ASM-12 years ago) was fairly
similar to the one documented in SCOUTING. The SM had been in for a loooong
time (20+ years, even earned the silver quagmire or something like that ).
He had worked hard through fund-raisers &etc. to get and keep that
trailer, and it was going to be used. Consequently, every piece of
equipment that had ever been desired on a campout was stored in the trailer.
Big water tank on the front, filled (by the SM) at the end of each outing.
Dual propane tanks and stoves mounted on it. Lanterns, lights, batteries,
a good 50 pounds of various dehydrated meals and snacks. It had rope,
fishing rods, blank copies of duty rosters, flags and flagpoles, tents,
enough poles to build a 3 story orienteering tower. A veritable wonder of
scouting ingenuity and packing. The scouts *never*, I repeat *never* had to
plan what to take on a trip. It (whatever it was) was always there and they
knew it. Even when backpacking, a boy could FORGET HIS FRIGGIN PACK and
there was a spare backpack and sleeping bag, changes of clothes in all
sizes, well you get the picture. To my way of thinking, demented as it is,
this was a bad use of a trailer. It was the troop's biggest and most
expensive crutch. Not an Eagle that came out of that troop could have
planned an overnighter from scratch. I do believe trailers have a use, as
Bruce describes above. The boys still have to plan, gather and pack, but
they can do it a couple of days before, so as to hit the road earlier on
Friday. If that's the use for the trailer, it might be much less expensive
to rent one locally each month. No insurance, storage or maintenance
hassles. No initial cash outlay. Just the $25 for a couple of days rental
on the months that you need it. I would be willing to bet that you could
get a really good deal on a rental if you find a local (not national) rental
firm. Just a little bit of experience from my past. For what its worth.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City