David P. Dusenbury (0006531737@MCIMAIL.COM)
Fri, 21 Jun 1996 16:15:00 EST
-- [ From: David P. Dusenbury * EMC.Ver #3.0 ] --
> > Our troop trailer has just been completed with an incredible interior.
> 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
> bring. This magic box can produce tents, chuck boxes, dutch ovens, brooms,
> I find that this can lead to Scouts who do not ever think about what equipment
> is required for a campout.
I agree 100%. A good trailer for transportation is one thing, but we leave ours
mostly empty, the Scouts must requisition and load all personal, patrol, and
troop gear immediately prior to a campout.
When I became Scoutmaster in 1986, the troop relied too heavily upon patrol
boxes. I shifted the troop's emphasis to more low-impact backpacking and
camping. Our job (among many) is to teach what I'd term "life skills" to the
young men. When these Scouts get off to college or wherever, and decide to go
camping with a bunch of friends, they will not have a pre-packed chuck box or
trailer to grab and go. They will have to know what to take, or do without. I
want the "graduates" of my troop, Eagle or not, to have skills that will carry
them thru life, not just a weekend with the troop.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City