Re: TV's on campouts
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Tue, 29 Aug 1995 22:09:31 +0100
The original message related to Cub Scouts and the (imaginary) TV. Here
in UK we take Cubs camping from age eight. They sleep five to six to a tent
with one of the ten year old Sixers (Denners) in charge. In my pack we
try to have a Scout ( like a Den Chief) supervise each tent and help the
Sixer. Then there are the adult Leaders, the Leader in Charge plus one
adult to six boys.
Cubs (and first year Scouts , age ten to eleven in the main) tend not to
backpack in UK. My Pack uses established sites , and yes, typically we truck
everything in ... a large dining tent , tables, benches , altar fire etc.
Once they have got the basic skills (i.e. from age eleven-and-a-bit) they
are ready to start packing their kit.
Also, at fourteen we have our Scouts do a four day <unaccompanied>
expedition in unfamiliar country as a team of four or five Scouts. So
they do get plenty of lightweight camping experience.
But my response was in relation to standing camps in general and Cub
camps in particular. When kids are away from home and their parents,
possibly for the first time, I feel we do not need to make conditions too
spartan. That will come later.
AGSL, 25th Greenwich
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