Re: Parent Involvment/Camping Involvment
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 06:28:08 -0700
I would like to agree with the sentiment that camping, while a useful
tool, is not mandatory to success as a Scout. I can imagine a Scout
growing in character and leadership by participation in the Scout program,
without ever camping, and without ever advancing even to Tenderfoot.
The GSUSA program is ample evidence that the program can succeed without
these elements. Some GS troops never camp; some girls earn the Silver and
Gold awards without ever camping (and attainment of these awards,
especially Gold, is a very impressive achievement). Girls grow through
Similarly, the Exploring program frequently involves no camping
experiences, and no "rank advancement," but fosters development of the
same characteristics as the traditional, outdoor-based, Boy Scout program.
To quote Steven Covey "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main
thing." The main thing is to keep the BOY in Boy Scouting. If we do that,
the rest will all come out OK.
Tim O'Leary, CC Troop 772, WDL Pack 1072, CC and COR, Post 769
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City