Re: Cubs Camping
Stephen Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM)
Thu, 26 Jun 1997 18:47:12 +0000
At 10:19 AM 6/26/97 -0400, Jen Freele wrote:
>Re: Sarah Jones comment about Cubs and camping.
>I keep hearing the argument from the BSA crowd that taking the young
>ones out camping will ruin it for scouts. It doesn't hold water here,
>mate. They love it and they only want more.
>The only thing I find with cubs is that it takes a heck of a lot more
>planning, organizing and a lot more energy from the leaders. I'm always
>exausted after a cub camp.
You hit the nail right on the head with your comments. In my experience I
have found that the biggest (and only)real roadblock to camping of any kind
is the lack of adult support. The same lack of adult commitment to cubs
tends to continue with Boy Scouts. We kid about BSA meaning Baby Sitters
of America but unfortunately it is true (at least around here).
Many adults approach athletic programs the same way as they do scouting.
they drop the boys off and come back after it is over. They support it as
long as someone else does the work.
How dare we ask them to take time away from work or golf (play) to help put
on an event for their son! I sense there is a real cultural difference
between here and there that results in a different attitude toward children
in our countries.
I was sitting with dad the other day whose son was graduating from High
School and was about to go off into the Marines. He looked at me in a
stunned sort of way and said 'I missed my son growing up!' I couldnt say a
thing to him as he had a big fine house, great car, and lotsa cash. That
was his choice. I felt sad for him but not sorry.
Off I go on my tangent. We, in the US have created a monster. We just
gotta have that nice big house, bigger car, more and more stuff etc..both
spouses work to afford that monster. We seem never to be satisfied with
'enough'. Who do we lose? Our kids, spouses, family, integrity, and
character. That big house won't visit you in the nursing home and when they
speak over your grave they wont read the list of your 'things'. I've got
'enough'. For evey one of those guys who doesn't heve enough time for his
boy, I have the time to raise another son, man, honorable leader, and fine
adult. That other guy may have the cash but he gave me another son. I may
not have a big tombstone but when I die my camping buddies will be there.
Steve in Newark (Ohio)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City