Unregistered brother or sister on a campout (was Girls camping)
Turba, Thomas N RV (tnt1@PO11.RV.UNISYS.COM)
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 10:49:00 -0600
>It's important that each child has their special time with
>their friends, with mom or dad, and without little brother
>tagging along. Each family needs FAMILY activities and
>each child needs activities that are just for themselves.
>This is the reason I'd frown on bring an unregistered
>brother or sister on a campout. It detracts from the purpose
>and focus of the program. It changes the "game" and
>perhaps interferes with the "purpose" of the game.
My personal experience is that this is not a problem.
When my oldest son joined Scouts, his 2-years-younger
brother would often come on campouts as well as attend
troop meetings. This is because my wife is a health care
professional and works every other weekend and Monday
night when our troop meets.
As far as I can tell, there was never a negative effect on
either of them and it gave me time with both of them that
would have not been possible otherwise. The rest of the
boys in the troop had no problem with the "little Scout"
coming along, and in fact, enjoyed it.
This was 14 years ago. Since then I've seen it repeated
many times with other leaders, all with positive results.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. (Tom) Turba
ASM Troop 297 (among other things)
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