Re: Boy Scouts/Philmont
David P. Dusenbury (0006531737@MCIMAIL.COM)
Thu, 20 Jun 1996 10:56:00 EST
-- [ From: David P. Dusenbury * EMC.Ver #3.0 ] --
> I understand that the Crew chief is functionally in charge and that the
> adults are on vacation. Our Crew Chief has been thinking about how he's going
> to be putting his duty roster together and has asked me if any of the 3 adults
> are available for scheduled jobs. How did any previous trekkers handle those
> One of the most
> >important things they will tell you is that you the advisor are on vacation.
> >This means much much more than the kids cook for you. It means the kids
> >are their for a high adventure experience. They are going to struggle.
I went on my first Philmont expedition in '94. The other two adult leaders on
that trek have been 2-3 times previously. The way we felt about it, whether
youth or adult, it does not seem "fair" or "right" to not participate and share
in all tasks. Both on the AT and at Philmont, I have seen units where adults do
no cooking, will not participate in KP, and will carry no group gear. To me,
backpacking itself is a vacation, and the camp tasks are part of that experience
for every TEAM member.
What do we teach the Scouts by not pulling our fair share of the load, and
expecting them to wait on us?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City