Follow up on "About the Boys"
Erik Ashby (EASHBY@NOVELL.COM)
Tue, 30 May 1995 08:48:27 -0600
The never ending challenge of scouting is Never over, but I wanted to
let everyone know what has happened. First off, I have appreciated
everyones response. I have saved many, and will be using them from
time to time. After reading the responses, I decided to take a look at our
camping history, and there I found may be the root of the problem. Yes
we have gone on MANY camps, we try to go on one every month. Most
of the camps are troop organized, and these camps have been very
successful. For the past 2 years we spent the summer camp, doing our
"own" thing including some extensive hiking, and other outdoor activities.
We have also gone to some district overnight camps * about 3 a year *.
At these camps the scouts have had a very tight, pre-planned schedule
of events, without much flexibility. They usually start at some post, do
an activity, then go on to the next post for another activity. Although this
is fun, the scouts have not felt that they had much choice in what they
would like to do. (* A key part of FUN *) After taking a look at past district
camps and talking to several of the boy leaders, I came to realize that the
district camp format was their "IDEA" of how the summer scout camp
was going to be, being that they have never gone to a summer camp
before. A week of "Pre-Planned" activities did not appeal to them. They
did not realize that there would be a number of activities going on at any
given time, and that THEY would choose, what, how, where, and when
they would have fun. Anyway, I figure that training is needed, I am
planning on drawing out a plan of how a scout camp works, and that
there are so many activities from Hikes, to fishing, to awards, to building
things, to shooting, to swimming, to boating, to doing nothing, to
whatever, that it would take a good deal of planning NOT TO have fun at
camp. This plan is going to be presented to the scouts tonight, then to
the parents over the next week.
Anyway, I will let everyone how the "About the boys turn out"
Talking for myself, because they wont let me talk for the company.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City