Hiking (Was Re: new Cubmaster Leader Won't Follow, Cub Hiking)
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Thu, 6 Apr 1995 14:15:21 -0700
Urban hikes pose special problems, because the liklihood of
becoming separated by other pedestrians is rather high. In addition to
the general principles already espoused, I suggest that Cub Packs always
have a very large number of adults present (ideally, at least three
adults per Cub Scout, but more realistically, at least one adult for
every two or three Scouts). In a crowd, it is difficult for even the most
compulsive adult to keep track of more than two or three kids.
In non-urban settings, it becomes very frustrating to let the slow one
lead, but it makes it more likely that all the hikers will actually make
it to the end. I recall a backpacking trip which involved both older
(>13) and younger (11 year old) Scouts. The older Scouts headed out
fast, and did finish the hike. Most of the younger Scouts tried to keep up
with them - by the end of the day they were no longer carrying their backpacks.
One of the younger Scouts started out as sheep's tail. He was the only
new Scout to finish the hike carrying his backpack, and was also able to
help out another Scout who had aggrevated a sprain (which he had hidden
from both his parents and the leaders).
Tim O'Leary, CM, Pack 1072, CC, Trp 772, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City