Re: Troop hiking
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 10 Apr 1995 08:05:40 -0400
On Sun, 9 Apr 1995, Norman J. MacLeod wrote:
> I don't necessarily think that merit badge clinics are a good thing to have
> on every Camporee. There are very few merit badges that can be adequately
> taught to the point where a Scout can really say he has fulfilled all of the
> badge's requirements. At best, most merit badges can only be introduced,
> with often considerable amounts of work to be completed afterward in order
> to really met the requirements adequately enough to have legitimately earned
> the badge.
I'm not saying there' the best use of Camporee time, either. I was
reporting on my Scout's impressions. When iasked them what they thought
the best thing was, they said "playing frisbee." The least liked? The
hike. I suppose my troop has a ways to go yet.
> >Kept troop together by insisting that the slowest scout lead. Much
> >whining from the troop leadership. When he was tired, we rested. Nobody
> >offered to take his pack, though. After 10 miles, we were still together.
> > If the older/faster scouts had led, I'm sure we'd have been five miles
> >apart by the end of the trail. Slowest first is sure easier on the adult
> I hope you utilised this teamwork and leadership training opportunity to its
> maximum. Your youth leadership team appears to have some why to go before
> they are actually providing adequate leadership to the other Scouts.
> Ideally, you should be able to allow the junior leaders the hands-on
> planning leadership of all of your activities. You and the rest of the adult
> leadership team should be able to hover quietly in the background without
> having to become actively involved in leading the Scouts unless the junior
> leaders make a mistake of such magnitude that they cannot recover control
> over the programme.
> The fact that none of the junior leaders or other Scouts offered to help
> lighten your slowest Scout's load and encourage him onward in kindness and
> helpfulness indicates that the teamwork ideal is not quite there yet, either.
Yes. I would've figured this out, eventually, but thank you for pointing
it out. <G> It was my SPL who was constantly yelling "hurry up". He
didn't see why he and the other older scouts couldn't just jog on ahead
and get back to camp to throw the frisbee some more. I had a chat with
him about not being in competition with the newest scout to see who could
finish first. That the whole group was doing the hike, and that if the
slowest picked up the pace and therefore couldn't finish because he'd
exhausted himself, then the whole troop would be slowed down while we ALL
waited for the rescuers. I don't know if I got throughOne step at a time.
> That may be where you want to be. It takes time and effort on the adult
> leadership team's part to bring the junior leaders and their folowers to the
> point where you can enjoy your weekends with them without having to stand
> over them every step of the way, but it sure is worth that effort when the
> day comes that you realise that they CAN do it.
That will wait for another day. I hope I'm around to see it. Thanx for
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City