Meeting requirements concurrently
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 10:35:24 +0000
We have been grappling with this issue ourselves too. Asking how can
we do the least amount of "work" for the most amount of MB's is like
asking how much we can get away with and still get into heaven.
Perhaps we should look at it as a program issue. For instance, we plan
two small (5 mile) hikes each year as part of our program so that the
younger fellows have an opportunity to meet their Second and First
Class requirements. During the hikes, they can identify the flora and
fauna, display their first aid kits, show some map and compass skills,
etc. We should do the same with Hiking and Backpacking.
With Hiking and Backpacking, we could schedule one of each type of
trip as part of our program each year. Historic Trails are excellent
for meeting the hiking requirements. In the metro areas, Backpacking
requires a bit more planning for the overnight, but we do have easy
access to the Appalachian Trail which does have plenty of overnight
If we provide enough of a program with plenty of opportunities for
each kind of activity over the seven year period that a boy can be in
scouts, then we wouldn't need to discuss how little we can do. This
isn't easily accomplished I'll admit, but it would be a worthy goal.
But then again, I could be completely wrong about everything I've just
Bob Taschler, SA, Troop 88, Waldwick, NJ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City