Parents on camp outs
Thomas Heavey (heavey@NWRAIN.COM)
Sun, 2 Jun 1996 19:37:00 PDT
Ted Burton <tedbrtn@CYBERHIGHWAY.NET> wrote:
.>.It's an adult patrol, with a patrol leader, and its own separate encampment
>and meal structure, with advance notice, and advance planning just like the
>kids. And unless they know the Scouting methods they keep their hands off
>the kid patrols and just enjoy themselves. With luck they will cook good
>meals and provide a tantalizing example to the hot dog and potato chip
>patrols. And think of it as a chance to look over how they do and select
>your next Assistant Scoutmaster(s).
Our troop had its annual Memorial Day camp-out. This serves to illustrate
what to do with adults, since it attracts more parents than any other. The
camp site is entirely primitive. Only reachable by logging roads, the only
running water being the creek which ran through the middle of the camp. We
plan for an Adult patrol. We camp in an area separate from the Scouts. We
do not allow scouts to sleep with parents. Part of our plan is to
demonstrate to the boys how elegant camping can be. Saturday nights dinner
was Blackened red fish, preceded by fresh oysters on the half shell. Sunday
night's appetizer was fresh trout, and the main course was rabbitt stew from
the dutch oven. Dessert was Bread pudding, also cooked in a dutch oven.
We set up a comfortable campsite, keep a fire going, coffee pot on the
stove, and a near continuous hearts game. Boys do not enter the adult
patrol area without announcing themselves and receiving permission. The
same for adults going through youth sites. The boys splash in the stream,
forage the forest and have a great time. This campout attracted 35 boys and
Plan for the adults as well as you plan for the boys.
Thomas Heavey, Sr.
"Anyone can be great
because anyone can serve."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City