Larry Hoffman (ldhjdh19@CHELSEA.IOS.COM)
Sun, 11 Feb 1996 16:34:34 -0500
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Larry Hoffman)
>I know the thread is a little old but I'd like to throw my $.02 in on the
issue of troop activity cancellations because of weather. As a boy scout in
the dark ages when I was a child I camped in every type of weather
imaginable from the frozen winters of North Dakota to a 50 mile hike on the
Santa Fe trail in tne New Mexican desert. I have done my share of sleeping
through snow, rain, t-storms, heat, etc. and there was always one constant .
. . a SM or leader who was there to share it with me. I am now a SM and
though the weather is not nearly as bitter in SE Texas my boys and I have
shared enough bad weather to know when to call it a day due to safety
concerns. I have only done this one time during a terrible T-storm at a
Camp-o-ree. Several troops stuck it out and were rewarded with the remains
of a beautiful weekend.
>I guess my point is this. As a leader the parents of my scouts entrust me
with their childrens well being and care in an envirorment they find
unfamiliar and perhaps threatening. I beleive in my outdoor skills enough
to know when to throw in the towel. I will not, however, call off an event
before I have at least given it a chance to work. Just 3 weeks ago I took 8
brand new Webelos transfers camping with myself, my ASM, SPL, ASPl, and
their patrol guide. When we left the church at 6:30 it was around freezing
and raining. Every parent questioned my not calling off the event. We
went, had fun, the weather cleared the next morning, we only had one mild
case of hypothermia which my son provided immediate aid to and corrected the
problem and the new scouts had a ball.
>Like the other Scouter said, "if my obituary is not in the paper we are
going camping." Let good sense and all the facts dictate when enough is enough.
. . . and a good ol' Antelope too. . .
Troop 483-Cypress, TX
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City