Re: Gen-Fall Scout Camping
Charlotte S. Jerscheid (cjersche@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Mon, 7 Nov 1994 10:45:28 -0500
regarding camping with 1st/2nd year scouts: I was a very active (I'm
told) Committee Chairman for our Cub Scout Pack for 5 years. The
Scoutmaster's wife and I planned the campouts. I realize that for Boy
Scouts (which my son and I both transferred to last month) the boys are
supposed to do all their own planning, but for the first campout,
especially if it's in cold weather, you want to make sure they're
adequately prepared. Make a list for each Patrol Leader to check off what
they need to do (i.e. look up the winter camping supplies list in the
handbook, make up a menu, etc.) then at one meeting have an adult leader
review their packing lists and menus, and the meeting before the campout
have the actual equipment, backpacks, food (everything they're taking)
assembled for a last check by an adult leader. If at any point the
Patrol's preparations are inadequate for expected conditions, it can be
corrected before they leave civilization.
I realize other scouting groups may not have the patrol system, but the
same general idea applies...baby them a little for the first campout.
Just remember, though, that experience is the best teacher <g>.
Troop 13 Committee
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