Re: Cubs Camping
Lawrence E. Faust (lfaust@ATLANTIC.NET)
Thu, 26 Jun 1997 11:07:03 -0400
: GG Jenner <sdj@WHY.NET> wrote...
> I am in agreement with those who say that cubs should be camping. I feel
> that 2 campouts only during Webelos is not enough to prepare the boys for
> troop camping and definitely doesn't prepare them for a summer camp.
My $0.04 (inflation)
I also feel that camping is an essential part of the Scouting program, and
since Cubs are a part of Scouting, they should be expose to camping more
often than they are.
Besides this over-simplistic bit of reasoning, look at how Scouting is
viewed by new boys and parents. For the most part, the public perception
(and, more to the point, the BOY'S perception) of Scouting revolves around
camping and outdoorsmanship. Once they get into Cubbing, if all they see are
craftmaking & games (as fun as those things are), there MAY be some
disappointment, disillusionment, & eventual disinterest involved.
This, of course, needs to be balanced against the very real concern of
exposing the Cub to too much of Boy Scouting too soon, and thereby doing an
injustice both to the boy AND to Boy Scouting.
Our pack tries to schedule 4 family campouts per year (one every 3 months).
This gives our Cubs something "Scout-like" to look forward to while not
overdoing it. Parents are there to guide & support (and if THEY'RE properly
"enthused", encourage their boys to do their best by attempting things by
themselves). Also, slowly prepares & excites the Cubs for things to come-
the Webelos Overnighters & the monthly Boy Scout campouts.
The newfound camping skills of some of our Tigers & Wolves have mightily
impressed their own parents as well as "experienced" Webelos and Scout
Scouting is a way of life,
Cub Scout Pack 303
Gulf Ridge Council
(visit us at http://rio.atlantic.net/~lfaust/pack303/index.html)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City