Ronald Oakes (oakes@CIG.MOT.COM)
Fri, 21 Jun 1996 15:12:13 -0500
Rob Lee Writes:
> Our troop trailer has just been completed with an incredible interior. The
> front of the trailer is accessable through a side door. A set of shelves
> with sliding doors keeps everything in place in the front wall.=20
And continues to describe a "great" troop trailer. And, in the process
excited one of my pet peeves.
I have found that many scout troops become too dependent on their trailers.
Their trailer becomes the only piece of equipment they ever have to
remember to bring. This magic box can produce tents, chuck boxes, dutch
ovens, brooms, rakes, grills, or anything else that someone conceives they
might need on some future campout. If a Scout needs a piece of equipment,
they simply go to the trailer and get it -- hopefully by going to a
I find that this can lead to Scouts who do not ever think about what
equipment is required for a campout. (I have even had a Scout list the
troop trailer on his equipment list for Camping Merit Badge).
As a Scoutmaster, I always asked the Scouts to determine what equipment
they would need. I was never completely successful at only bringing what
they had on their equipment list, since they often forgot to fill them in,
but at least I tried.
Don't get me wrong. A good troop trailer can be an ideal piece of
equipment. Since it is rare in some places to find a pickup truck to haul
equipment on campouts, a trailer can be a nice supplement to the limited
space in most cars. Also, a trailer can be a nice place to store your
equipment if you don't have a shed, closet or other reserved storage place.
However, I always get a little concerned when I see troops that rely
exclusively on the troop trailer as their one piece of equipment.
Ronald B. Oakes
Unit Commissioner, Signal Hill District, Northwest Suburban Council
Troop Committee, Former Scoutmaster, Troop 91, Palatine IL
(I used to be an Eagle... and always will be)
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