Re: Re; Philmont crew - more thoughts
John Macko, Esq. (mackoj@EZNET.NET)
Sun, 24 Aug 1997 12:40:15 -0400
Keith Wood wrote:
>How strict on attendance. We are pretty tight on that, giving lots of
>notice. We also expect that they make at least two fo the backpack trips,
>third is not optional, just recognize that unavoidable circumstances like
>weddings, funerals, SAT tests and things like that can get in the way.
>Scouts who just don't show up are counseled and offered the chance to
>withdraw. One did last trip - wasn't willing to make the commitment which
>without training and experience made him a hazard to himself and would have
>impact the experience for the others. We never want to leave a boy out,
>but we had to be realistic and gave him a tactful way to exit the trip.
>Same rules for the monthly meetings. They need to attend most all of them,
>or if they miss, contact a leader to get the missed information.
We tried this in preparing for our Philmont Trek last summer and had mixed
results. I would be interested in your comments. We published a training
schedule months ahead of time and still had Scouts missing not only planning
meetings but the training campouts. I had 2 miss the final "BIG"
hike/campout just before the trek. I spoke with both the boys as well as
their parents about their missing the campout and told them that they were
affecting not only themselves but also the others on the trek, to no avail.
We ended up working out some of the personality issues, etc. in the first
few days at Philmont and had a great trek, but I wanted to have the crew
"ready to trek" before we arrived at Philmont.
When you offer the Scout counseling and a chance to withdraw from the trek,
how did you deal with financial issues. We collect money from each Scout in
installments and spent it (sent it to Philmont or purchased train tickets,
etc.). Most of these expenditures are non-refundable. When you offered the
Scout the chance to withdraw, did you refund his money and if so, where did
the refund come from?
Trek Advisor, 97 Trek 706T
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