Re: What do Scouts get out of camporee?
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 16 Aug 1995 00:33:19 -0400
Would your parents be willing to cut off their subscriptions to TV Cable,
remove antennae and stick to only home videos for home entertainment?
You might tell them that difference in the experience the boys have is
about the same in most cases.
Very few units can provide the variety of activities and level of fun
that the combined resources of a District or Council can come up with in
doing a great camporee. And this makes the job of a parent much easier!
They don't have to spend the whole weekend working their backsides off
and will have some time to relax and enjoy. As with a Pack, the combined
efforts of the parents make activities possible that no one parent could
do on his/her own. Similarly, the camporee makes possible even more.
And there is one thing that the Pack cannot do nearly as effectively and
that is to introduce the Scout to the idea that he is part of a much
greater fellowship of Scouting! It really makes an impression on a young
boy to see hundreds of others like himself together doing the same things
and reinforces everything the Pack has been trying to promote.
At some of our camporees we have 1200 at a campfire. You can imagine the
feelings generated when all these voices are lifted in song, etc., the
variety of skits, etc. Not too many Packs could create the same atmosphere.
Of course, the Pack can attend and selectively not participate in events,
if that is what it takes, but I'd hate to have to explain to the Scouts
why they can't do what every other Scout is doing. :-)
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City