Re: Cold Weather Camping--Should kids come?
Ted Burton (tedbrtn@CYBERHIGHWAY.NET)
Sun, 3 Nov 1996 08:25:56 -0700
At 6:17 -07001, Peter Farnham wrote thus [I likely cut a lot out]:
>So, I don't cancel trips for bad weather, and encourage my boys to come
>to all of them, if they can. The outdoors is a method, and is thus
>necessary to attain the aims we all want in each kid.
I agree. Our associated troop of which I was once SM regularly camps in the
winter, and does not pull up stakes if it rains in the summer. To parents
who get all up tight about little Johnnny freezing in the outdoors, I used
to say that we haven't lost a boy yet. And besides, would they rather their
son learn the controlled way with us, or simply face it alone the first
time he slides off the road in the winter in the wee hours of the morning?
Or worse, into the River? Functioning when cold, and knowing how to respond
to being cold and wet, are critical life skills both north and south of
Mason-Dixon. I have even worn a yard leaf bag rain sack to help a young boy
feel good about having no better gear of his own. (Talk about a garmant
that doesn't breathe!) It's easy. And Peter is so right about how it feels
I can still remember, 40 odd years later, the night we ate canned chili
cold on the side of Mount Chocorua (sp?) (can't spell New Englandese any
more) in the pouring rain, froze our butts off until we had tents up and
gear inside and warm bags to crawl into, but we never again forget
firestarters, I'll tell you that! (As a SM I always had some goodies like
that with me, but my then adult leaders did not.) And lying on our backs in
the sunshine on flat rocks on top the mountain the next day felt better
yet. We had overcome adversity. And I still carry a few firestarters in my
truck all the time. Those and cigarette lighters.
Ah, well, the memories of youth so long ago. We remember adversity and the
good things that came from surviving it. I am a far better person today for
having had rotten experiences. Paths were taken that would not otherwise
have been taken. Among other things I have learned what is important and
what is not. I was a better soldier than I would otherwise have been; and I
am a better husband and father than I would otherwise have been. I am even
a better and more compassionate Prosecutor than I would otherwise have
been. And modest, too.
Have a great day,guys!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City