Rob Lee (roblee@PACBELL.NET)
Sat, 22 Jun 1996 15:44:10 -0700
At 03:12 PM 6/21/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Ronald B. Oakes
>However, I always get a little concerned when I see troops that rely
>exclusively on the troop trailer as their one piece of equipment.
This all depends on the program you deliver. Our scouts participate in a
trailer camping program most of the year. They are responsible for each
patrol box, the gear they use, the food they bring, and all other details of
the actual camping experience. If something is forgotten, the scouts have to
make do - the trailer is not a magic box to replace that item - even if it
We do not backpack as the primary focus. Instead, that program is left to a
special empahsis program, where the scouts go out with everything on their
backs and accounted by them and their hiking buddy.
I believe each unit should develop resources to match the program the troop
delivers. In this case, it makes no sense to transport troop gear or patrol
gear in a shell for a trailer when this is the primary way we transport gear
Just as a any group focused on backcountry camping would never advocate one
more ounce of gear then necessary, a troop that primarily camps with patrol
boxes, etcetera, should create the best transportation package possible.
I support every unit making its own decisions on how to deliver the outdoor
program in a way that keeps its boys in the program and keeps the parents
involved. Our program does just that and I trust that yours does so also.
Each of us should only become concerned when the unit doesn't keep the boys
on track with rank advancement, skills and leadership development.
I offered the description of our trailor for anyone who camps that way or
has gear to transport in a trailer - make the trailer part as easy and
effective to use as possible - save the real skills training for the
campsite and adventure that you are taking the boys to - they learn
organization from a trailer like this and other skills from other parts of
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