Re: Patrol activities
Kathy McCarty (ccarty@EPIX.NET)
Fri, 22 Sep 1995 09:48:57 -0400
As a recent (March) graduate of SMF I actually know the answer to this
question. Patrols are allowed to participate in Patrol activities without
adult leadership. This was brought up during a chat about 2 deep leadership
and confirmed by our DE to be fact.
Ironically this came up in my Troop about 2 months later. The older
patrol planned a bike hike along a local bike trail that was supposed to put
them at one of the scout's house as the final destination. The scout in
question currently has 2 homes one up for sale and one under renovation.
When this plan was told to the Troop Committee I asked which house they were
going to (one is 1 1/2 mile off the trail along a busy road and the other is
1/4 mile off the trail along a safe road). No one had the answer to the
question. In the end the Committee chairman ended up going on the bike hike
also because the boys were planning on going to house number one and then
planning on riding back to town along a major, very dangerous highway. CC
was in violation of 2 deep during the hike and very upset by the planning
and has stated that there will be no more patrol activities without adults.
The bottom line is, if you plan to allow such activities I would insist
on a written agenda and make sure that the scouts involved are mature enough
to handle the responsibilty.
ASM, Troop 48
Wind Gap, PA
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