Re: Scouting *is* outing!
John Holladay (JNH@MSG.TI.COM)
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 08:53:54 -0500
Steven, just to let you know, not all are like that.=20
First some perspective. We are on the edge of Dallas, thus I'd call our
guys city-kids (not inter city). Weather in N Tex isn=92t not as bad as
some of you see, but it=92s relative. A blizzard to some is measured in
feet, our is measured in parts of an inch. But it is all what your us
to. When big storms come through here it rain, tornadoes, hail, and a
lot of noise.
Some of our new parents are concerned about the weather, but still let
their kids go. They=92ll call or spend a few extra minutes at drop off t=
make sure their little dear is going to be OK. The minute an ASM tells
the kid to get his stocking cap out of his pack and put it on his head
or asks to see the kid=92s rain gear Mommy get a big smile.
Only thing I can thing of that may help this is that during the pre
joining interview (Webelos visit) we stress that we go rain or shine,
snow or sleet, etc.
And all that is said after we postponed our first campout in 10 years or
more due to the weather. Our excuse was that it was forecasted (almost
was) to be a solid down pour all weekend. This was our annual family
campout and we figured the program would fail if we tried to keep 60
some parents and siblings entertained
John =93Doc=94 Holladay
ASM T1000, Plano, Tx
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