Planning Weekend a Big Success
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Wed, 19 Jun 1996 13:59:46 EST
Bragging mode on...Our troop went camping this past weekend at
Elizabeth's Furnace, VA, a beautiful family campground in the George
Washington National Forest. I've been going there for years, and the
guys really like it, not the least of which is because of the swimmin'
hole in Passage Creek, which meanders by the campground.
Anyway, the main purpose of the trip was to plan the coming year, and
I've got to tell you, it worked out just great. The guys came up with
a great plan for the year, with a total of 30 nights of camping
available to the scouts. We camp two-nighters from April through
October (we don't camp in August because everyone's out of town),
1-nighters from November through March (we don't camp in December
because of the holidays), plus summer camp and a high adventure trip.
This latter won't be open to the new scouts, but the seasoned ones can
go. We're planning to go for the 50-mile afoot/afloat award,
combining a Shenandoah River canoe trip with hiking a segment of the
For the regular camping trips, we're going to Harper's Ferry,
Antietam, both district camporees, Camp High Road, back to Elizabeth's
Furnace, Catoctin Mountain Park, backpacking in Shenandoah National
Park, canoeing on the Rapidan, and other great places. We've got BORs
and COHs all planned and scheduled, as well as monthly PLC
meetings--something we've been kind of lax about, in truth. No
longer! We're also going to follow monthly themes as selected by the
guys from Woods Wisdom.
None of this may be very earth-shaking to a lot of you old hands, but
as a rookie SM who's been operating with quarterly calendars and by
the seat of his pants the last 10 months or so, I am enormously happy
to have a game-plan for the coming 18 months. What's especially neat
about it is that the guys planned it--not me and the troop committee.
Anyway, on Sunday after we got back, I took all the notes, etc., and
entered it onto a calendar (Lotus Organizer), which I then printed
out. I've got to get a few additional training dates firmed up (SMF
dates in Fall 96 and Spring 97, as well as Spring 97 Wood Badge),
figure out when we're going to do a couple of fundraisers, the exact
date of our service project for the church, but as far as the program
goes, we're in great shape and I can hardly wait to get started!
Those of you who haven't gone through the planning camping trip
exercise, I highly recommend it. Works like a charm, and the guys
will come up with a great program (I'll stack this particular one up
against any troop program in the district)!
YiS (bragging mode off now...),
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City