Families at district camp-outs
Linda Heinz (ljheinz@KSU.EDU)
Fri, 23 May 1997 13:06:57 -0500
After much discussion (none of it negative) at the last two district
committee meetings and roundtables, it was decided that at our district
camporee this fall that we (as a district) would invite the family members
who do not normally attend camporee. We would provide a separate program
for them. They would attend the campfire and church service as a family.
They would be given the option of camping or attending only the planned
activities and not camping. We would let the troop decide whether they want
to invite the entire family for their meals or if they want them to have
meals with the "family member" group. This group would somewhat function as
a separate troop but not participate in the same activities as the Scouts.
The purpose of this was to re-inforce that Scouting is for the family and to
show the family members what camping, troop functions, etc. is like. We do
not expect that many families will take advantage of this, but that even if
a few do that it is well worth our time. We feel this would help parents
who are new to Boy Scouting or who will be joining Boy Scouting to see how
troops operate. We have planned time for them to meet with Scoutmasters.
The problem now is that after the discussions and announcements that our Key
Three has decided that they are opposed to this. At the previous meetings
they said they thought it was worth trying and seemed excited about it. Now
they say that boys will not attend camporee if parents are invited. From
the beginning the District Executive has told me that he will not allow this
to happen if family members are allowed to participate in the Scouts'
activities so that is why are planning an entirely separate program. Since
we had such a positive response from both Cub and Boy Scout leaders we feel
that this event is worth trying.
My questions are: Have any of you had district or troop events that
included the entire family? Was participation by the boys down? Did family
members do the same events or have their own program. What activities did
the family members do? Was it a worthwhile event?
Any input would be greatly appreciated. I thank you.
SA Troop 76
District Membeship Chair
Linda J. Heinz Phone: 913-532-1450
Department of Chemistry FAX: 913-532-6666
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
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