Re: Camping without adult supervision
DH harreld (harre004@MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 13:50:24 -0600
First, by way of introduction, my name is Don Harreld and I just joined
this list. I am as ASM in Troop 904, Indianhead Council (St. Paul, MN
area), also on District Advancement Committee, have been a Venture ASM, a
Varsity Coach, Explorer Post Committee Member.
Regarding the question of camping without adults, I must confess that I
have no idea what "policies" may exist, but as a boy my patrol often went
camping without adults (Troop 1 Lewisboro, NY - Washington Irving Council).
These were some of the most memorable campouts I can think of. It was at
these campouts that we really pulled together as a patrol -- no adults to
"nag" us or "run the show." We were lucky enough to be within hiking
distance of a lot of woods so I realize that there may be cases where boys
couldn't do this by themselves (inner cities, etc). I do recall reading
that boys under the age of 18 couldn't transport other boys on troop
activities, so if the patrol had to drive to camp they would need some
adult participation. Just a thought. Why not go camping but the adults
stay in a different area of the camp than the patrol and leave the boys
alone for the weekend. That way the boys will know adults are there if
needed, but still feel free to be boys!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City