Re: Scouting *is* outing!
Steven Featherkile (madwolf@EARTHLINK.NET)
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 06:29:51 -0700
Kragelund Marie-Louise Winther wrote:
> 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).
You've hit on one of my hot buttons. Getting today's city-parents to
realize that their city-kids won't melt if it starts to rain is tough.
And because of that, its tough to get the kids to even attempt anything
over 5 miles. I'm at a loss to explain what happened. My first camping
trip as an 11 year old almost tenderfoot was a (full)backpack into a
blizzard. No one told me that it might be hard, so I figured that it was
the norm. Today, if I even mention camping in the snow, the parents roll
their eyes and the scouts groan. I won't give up, though. They are
getting better, as they realize that they can do it. It takes the
scouts about 2-3 years to get to the point where they are comfortable
away from their back yard.
SM T319, La Mesa,CA
High Adventure Training Team
Desert Pacific Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City