Frank Roessler (fressler@VAX1.MANKATO.MSUS.EDU)
Wed, 7 Feb 1996 16:48:17 -0600
Paul H. Brown wrote:
> When weather threatens, our SM gets calls from nearly every parent,
> wanting (hoping?) to know if the camp out has been cancelled. His
> answer: if you've seen my name in the obituaries, you'll know we're not
> going out that night. Otherwise, we will.
I have to disagree with the extent of Paul's fervor. Our troop cancelled a
"campout" (we were to stay in a cabin at our council's camp) last December
due to severe weather. We had winter storm warnings, wind chill warnings,
and severe cold warnings at the time. I enjoy adventure with the boys, but
I don't want to take the responsibility of possibly placing the boys' lives
in danger. BSA's child protection plan should (if it doesn't already)
include this in its training.
Other times I have seen campout cancelled were due to lack of adult
participation. This is a deplorable situation, but if the parents don't
care enough to be active with their boys, then I cannot provide ALL the
male role modeling. We are past the age of one (or even two or three) man
Scout troops. For the benefit of the boys, and for our own protection,
there must be enough adults to fit the number of boys.
I hate to put a damper on the enthusiasm of Scouting, but I believe that
the motto "Be Prepared" includes the adults in the troop too.
PS. The ranger didn't want us in camp anyway, he was having trouble getting
the roads plowed and other winter details so soon during and after a major
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City