Re: UK Cub Scouts International Experience
Mike D Tester (mike@MIKET.DEMON.CO.UK)
Mon, 24 Oct 1994 18:01:10 +0000
Ian Ford writes,
> Next weekend fifteen Cub Scouts from 25th Greenwich pack will have a Pack
> holiday (indoor camp) with a difference. Three Scouts and two Leaders
> from BSA Troop 401 in London will be helping to run a program with a US
> flavor to help the boys meet the international requirements for their awards.
> The adult Leaders from 25th Greenwich and Troop 401 will be organising a
> program which will include swimming , roller skating , archery etc. as
> well as outdsoor and indoor games and activities. Buckmore Park Scout
> Centre has a full-size heated indoor pool , a sports hall with
> roller-disco and facilities for archery , climbing wall etc.
I would like to give two example's
I am pleased here that some members of Troop 401 and Ian's Cub Scout
pack, are to have a joint Pack holiday, with the aim to promote
international awareness and friendship.
Sadly Scouters to today to easily dismiss the excellent opportunities
that are out there for our Scouts to take part in International
To remedy this I am busy with Ian trying to arrange a joint activity weekend wit
Troop 401 and my Troop 7th Leatherhead. We hope to be able to do
this at the end of November.
The plan is very simple, being that the our two Troops hope to meet up
in our Scout Hut on a Friday evening, after they have had a little
time in settle in, we will join up with our sister Guide Company, for
a few games, then if they would like, will have a short like night hike around
the our local country side.
After which the Guides will go home and return the next morning, and
the two Troop will bed down in the our Scout Hut.
On Saturday we will holding an Inter Troop/Company Cooking
Competition, the Two Troop's and Company will will be divided into
Patrols, from there they will be given about one hour to draw up a
menu, the meal must be three courses and cost no more than stlg5.00 per
They must also use fresh or frozen food, which they must purchase
them selves, this must be prepared hygienically, and cooked on a double
burner gas stoves.
I have selected a collection of judges to judge this competition,
all with one they in common. THEY EAT, and have a GOOD SENSE OF FUN.
The meal after being cooked must then be presented and served to the
On the Saturday evening we will all go Ice Skating or Bowling at
a local leisure centre, after which they will most likely want for go
for Big Mac or something.
I will leave it the Boys to decide what they wish to do Sunday.
If this this weekend is successful, which I am sure it will be, I
have know doubt that we will be planning further activities together.
This is my Troop's effort in promoting international awareness so to further
the spirit of Scouting Friendship.
> US readers may be surprised at the fact that our Cubs will be going away
> on camp without parents.
WOT no Mum & no washing up, no tooth brushing, GREAT !
I have to ask if having parents at camp is a good or bad thing?
I know from my own experiences as both a Cub leader and now a Scout
Leader, that there are for's and against. Having suffered some
aweful camps where parents have came along and just could not fit
in, and other camps were by you just could not have survived with out
On one of my Troop Summer Camp's a Patrol Leader's parents came and
and visited, as the Patrol sites were pitched some distance away from
our H.Q site we did not have any knowledge of their visit as they
did not have the courtesy off informing us that they were on site, until his A.
walked over to our site and asked what his parents were they
I new some thing was a miss.
Their visit totally destroyed that boy's camp, and indeed
his future in Scouting, they just would not let him get on and learn.
After a good deal of heated discussion with the boy's mother we
finally persuaded them to leave, but he damage had already been done.
I have very mixed feelings about parents and camps some are
brilliant, and example was a parent form Troop 401 at Ineterlink,
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