Re: Gen-Fall Scout Camping
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Fri, 4 Nov 1994 23:55:01 -0500
There are a lot of successful ways of helping new Scouts adapt to the
great outdoors experience. Probably the best of them gently ease them
into the experience or pair them with more experienced Scouts.
A few months ago we discussed backyard camping. Many noted it was a great
way to start new Scouts towards camping, but not a substitute for a good
camping program. The idea would be to have a patrol camp in a backyard
with some inside and outside cooking - sort of a shakedown for the real thing.
Another way is when a new patrol does its first camp, ask the older Scouts
(here the Patrol Leader's Council) to consider pairing Scouts from an
older patrol with the new patrol and sharing chores - firebuilding,
cooking, clean-up, etc.
The key is to motivate your youth leaders to see that it is important that
the first experience be successful for the new boys and not a trial by
fire. If they take the bit and help, most things will work themselves
out. If most of the Scouts are new, help guide t he youth leaders to plan
a graduating set of activities from very simple and easy to more challenging.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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