Convoying to Summer Camp
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 29 Jul 1996 22:13:27 -0400
Having been away at scout camp the past week, I'm obviously coming in on
the middle or toward the end of this thread, but just what exactly is
"convoying?" I've read the section on trasnportation in the Guide to
Safe Scouting, and sure enough, it says, "Do not travel in convoy."
Well, I'm not sure I know what this means.
We travel to camping trips, etc., in private automobiles all the time.
Obviously, we can't take busses, planes, etc., every time we go camping.
We all have directions to where we are going and don't make a big deal
about sticking together, so I guess that doesn't qualify as convoying--or
does it? How about this scenario: we went to scout camp last week in
two cars. We travelled together, and I'm sure glad we did. I ended up
with a ruptured radiator hose about an hour into the trip, and had to
stop in Front Royal, VA to find a mechanic early on a Sunday morning. I
finally found one who fixed my hose for $19.00 (no labor charge, but I
gave him an extra ten bucks). It was sure nice knowing that the second
car was behind me, I can tell you.
In addition, the local tour permit forms, which we fill out every time we
go on a troop outing, have on the back a section where you are supposed
to list the cars going on the trip, driv ers, amount of insurance, etc.
Doesn't that imply a "convoy"?
I must confess to some confusion on this point. I try hard to comply
with all scout regulations regarding safety especially, but quite frankly
I find it difficult to take more than one car on a camping trip without
at least an implication that you'll be convoying, especially if one of
the drivers has never been to where you're going before. Of course, we
give all the drivers maps or directions, etc., but still, convoying in at
least some sense of the word seems well nigh unavoidable if you go on a
trip with more than two cars.
Can someone help me out here?
Dazed and confused in Virginia (but still YiS),
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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