Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Sat, 26 Aug 1995 10:37:38 GMT
>>Now, I personally am not such a stickler for time, but I have been with
>>troops that will wait around for over a half an hour after the announced
>>departure time before deciding that a Scout is not coming. And even then,
>>they will call the Scout or his parents to find out why the Scout has not
>>arrived. THIS DOES NOT TEACH RESPONSIBILITY! We need to teach our Scouts
>>that the world will not stop and wait for them.
We leave and go on our campout at the appointed time, unless the troop's
designated emergency point of contact has been called and told that
there is a problem which will prevent a Scout from making it to the
jumpoff point in time.
The first time or two, you get an irate parent. After that, you have
Scouts mustering on time for campouts. We build a 15-30 minute hold
into the schedule for mustering for summer camp and weeklong backpacking
trips to allow for Murphy's law, however, and the "leave on time" rule
does sometimes get tempered by Scoutmaster discretion. ;-)
My comeback to irate parents is roughly:
"The scheduled time of departure was posted on the 'Trip Tick' sent to
every family. As parents, it is your responsibility to ensure that your
son is on time for weekend campouts and other Troop activities. The
'Trip Tick' includes the route to the campsite. You had the opportunity
to drive your son to that campsite. You chose not to do so. You chose
not to contact the Troop emergency point of contact to let her/him know
that you had a problem. I encourage you to live up to your
responsibilities in the future."
It sounds a bit harsh, but it usually works.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City