Hikina group( was: Philmont trip)
George Moss (gmoss@LCLARK.EDU)
Mon, 31 Jul 1995 12:00:34 -0700
On Mon, 31 Jul 1995, Bob Myers wrote:
> Susan Ganther wrote:
> <<As long as one adult is bringing up the rear, and another knows to look
> for him or her at predetermined points along the way, the only time you
> really need to keep a group together is when you are hiking cross country
> or with individuals who lack the skills and judgement to handle hiking at
> 10 - 30 minute intervals like very young kids or unit commissioners and
> such like.>>
I have to add my $0.02 worth of experience here.
A few years ago while most of the older boys and adults in our troop were
on High Adventure the Scoutmaster and I took the remaining boys on our
own "Low Adventure" to catch up on advancement. The group was about 15
young boys and 5 or 6 older ones and 5 adults. We were to hike from a
parking for about 15 minutes down Camp Lewis, Battle Ground Washington.
He set out with the first patrol and the others followed. I came in as
"sweep" at the end of the last patrol. On arrival, patrols selected sites
and set up. One boy couldn't find the Eagles. We went him hither and yon
until the SM and I realized we weren't sure where they were in the brush.
After a bit of organized search, we realized to our horror WE'D LOST A
WHOLE PATROL! We organized a careful search of the whole camping area and
eventually found the Patrol siting in a meadow eating lunch.
There had been a space between them and the patrol in front and they took
a wrong fork in the trail. There was also a space between them and the
patrol behind which took the right fork. When the PL realized he wasn't
with the troop, they sat down and had lunch.
We learned, the leader ALWAYS needs to be in contact with the sweep and
needs to check that contact from time to time.
ASM Troop 204 Multnomah Village, Portland Oregon
Pioneer District Advancement Committee.
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