CUB SCOUT Camping
HENRY S. HEINE (hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU)
Wed, 27 Sep 1995 09:01:57 -0400
Thought I would sound off on the Cub Camping string.
Nationals concern about a "quality" camping experience for cub scout age
boys may be one of the motives behind the recent requirement that "family
camping" with cubs only be at approved council camps. I think that the
liability issue also works it's way in here once again and I also believe
there is that ever present finacial support of the local council figured
in there as well.
Camping for Cub Scout age boys is an important part of the overall Pack
program. Having just come off of two seperate School nights for different
Packs, the first question that was asked by the new boys (and these were
Tiger age) was "Do we get to go camping?". Even the youngest boys are
looking for this. The current National policy is inconvient and
discourages Cub Family camping for several reasons.
1. Boys of this age may indeed be getting their first camping experience
and may "chicken out". You have a better chance of getting them through
that first experience with the parent(s) if you are close to home at a
local park or even "back yard" camping. An hour or more away council
camp will and does discourage parents with first time campers.
2. Cost, at least in our council in addittion to the "site" fee which is
high as compared to the local parks. They also charge an insurance
"surcharge" per person to use the camp.
3. With the exception of the facility itself, the council camp offers
nothing special in the way of staff ect.off season, to insure that
the quality camping experience we want the boys to have will be any
better then it would at a local park or back yard. In other words it's
still up to the pack or den leadership to insure a quality camping
Currently Packs are still getting Tour permits to family camp outside of
the council camp but I've heard that they are beginning to crack down. I
view this as a shame as many Pack traditions in regards to camp outings
will be lost or discouraged as a result.
Hank Heine email@example.com
SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
National Pike Dist.
Baltimore Area Council
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