Re: Family Camping and troops
Bruce A. Black (BruceBlk@AOL.COM)
Sat, 25 Feb 1995 00:35:18 -0500
>Is Family Camping Legal for Boy Scout Troops?
Sure is. I am responsible for Family Camping in our council, and I have had
some training in the subject at the regional level.
Family camping can be done at ALL levels of the Scouting program. It is most
commonly done by Cubs, because this is the only way (outside of summer camps
and Webelos camping) that they can go camping.
There was a revision of the definition of Family Camping last year. Don't
have my copy handy, but essentially is occurs whenever a family goes camping,
by themselves or in a group, when one member of the family is associated with
Scouting. A unit (pack,troop, etc.) can't actually go family camping, but
they can sponsor a family camping outing, providing organization, but
essentially it comes down to individual families camping in unison.
I think that a troop inviting families to EVERY outing is wrong. Part of the
camping experience for Boy Scouts is learning to do things independantly of
their parents, learning to work in a group, with boy and adult leadership. I
don't think that will work if parents are constantly along.
But having one or two family outings a year is a great idea. Gets the
families more involved in the troop, may generate new leaders.
As far as your council's reaction, not every Scout camp allows family
camping, usually due to facilities (sanitary and otherwise). Perhaps this is
part of the reason.
Bruce Black, Morris-Sussex Area Council, NJ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City