Trailer or not to trailer?
Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 27 Oct 1995 09:24:27 EDT
As many have pointed out, the program works fine wether or not
your unit has a trailer. I've been in three troops, two with and two
without (one troop lost it's trailer about halfway through my tenure.
we didn't miss it) Why is it you feel the need to get a trailer?
Trailers work for gear storage only if the gear is permanently stored
there. If you bring the gear from another place, loading and unloading
the trailer each trip, why not cut the work in half, and just load the
Not enough room in cars for gear? This may be the case, but carefully
ask if you're taking too much. My current SM fills the back of a full-
sized pickup to the top of the CAB with PERSONAL belongings for a
weekend campout. This is overkill. I am amazed at the scouter who has
the seven trailers. . .but he does seem to use them effectively, and it
obviously works for his program, which is the key to the question.
If you're thinking about a 'custom' trailer. . .you've seen them at
camporees, with the built-in stoves, sinks, showers, etc. etc. it makes
setting up camp easier, but can destroy the patrol method because
everyone huddles around the trailer to get work done.
I guess the question comes down to why do you feel the need for one?
Then, analyze the answer carefully before proceeding.
Mike Derleth ASM T32, Monroe LA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City