Scouting *is* outing!
Kragelund Marie-Louise Winther (KWinther@KTKSTUD.JPTE.HU)
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 13:28:40 +0100
Wow, sometimes you guys really surprise me!
I cannot imagine scouting without hiking, and hiking without
fullpacking is, only for 9 years olds and youngers. (But once again,
I *am* from Denmark, and things of course are different).
Last fall the leader of the micros (6-7yrs old) wanted to make a 10km
(approx. 6-7miles) hike for her kids. I made activities for them at
the end, and they were still full of energy. Pretty often they can do
a lot more than you think - as long as they have fun!!!
Normally we start fullpackhiking at 10-11 years olds scouts, but only
short trips. Say, 5 miles Saturday morning, ending on some campground
where they have the day off, and overnight, and next day we walk
home. They are dead when they get home, but they are proud, and next
month they want to go again. We always do a lot of preparation, to
make sure they bring the right things. And most often we go along
marked trails or just trails - that's also a good way of training
their map & compass skills.
We always let the older scouts decide for themselves, but we
encourage them to take a fair hike, fullpacking - 8miles each way or
so. And when they go on tournaments, there is always a 8miles dayhike
with a lot of activities.
For leader and ranger trips, fullpacking and say 10 miles a day is
always the least you expect. Do you ever go on trips just for the
leaders? I mean where you do a lot of outing and do real
scouting-stuff? My experimence is that it the leaders are more
motivated for the scouting after it - we call it a
saltwater-injection, which means you are all fresh again afterwards.
And a little advice for firsttimehikers:
*Take the necessary breaks, but do not make them too long.
*Make sure everybody get enough to drink.
*Encourage everybody all the time, and let them talk, having fun etc.
*Give time to stop to look at a funny tree or whatever.
*Bring a bit chokolade to give out, when they are going dead. I even
do this when we go on leadertrips.
Have a good hike!
Assistent Scoutleader and Ranger, Denmark
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City