Re: Scouting *is* outing!
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 18:41:06 -0800
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).
Marie-Louise; great outline on the hiking in Denmark. BUT, you have
brought into question the well rounded hiking programs enjoyed by the
majority of the troops in our District. Hike we certainly do-every
campout. Scouts assemble at the rallying point prior to moving out to
the camp site. From their family auto they hike with fullpacks to the
rear of the troop bus & secure their gear. After a long/short drive, our
brave campers unload their full packs & hike to the camp grame.
Sometimes this could be as far as 1/2 klick. Then happily the tents,
cooking site (Top-Raman special), chopping area & if needbe, paper is
placed in the outhouse after posting the camping permit in a centralized
location. Unless it is a 50 miler or for a merit badge, all hikes from
this point are conducted with day-packs.
Marie-Louise, did they not tell you that the BSA is motorized-why walk
when you can ride? You do understand that I am going to catch it for
this don't you? As I stated, I am speaking only for my district-The only
time we really get down & dirty is for the hiking merit badge, the
preparation hikes for the annual 50 milers, & when the troop bus goes
George A. Paccerelli, BSRT Commish, Stevens District, INWC WA&ID
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