Re: Patrol Box Plans
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 15:22:11 -0400
Carl Westfall wrote:
> But doesn't that take away the fun of working together as a patrol to build
> something so useful. Every time our boys go camping with other units, they
> pride themselves in being able to show off what they have done. although the
> plastic container may be easier to carry and inexpensive, it doesn't capture the
> true Scouting spirit the way something hand made does.
Absolutely correct -- but that spirit soon wears a bit thin after
repeatedly hauling an oversized, over-weight patrol box to each camping
site. Your point is well made, but at some point the Scouts who built
the box will move on, leaving the plywood dinosaur for others to haul
and maintain. I'm sure the same pride would result if the Scouts
hand-stitched their own canvas tents, but I think most are agreed that
the current crop of commercially-made synthetic tents are far easier to
use. IMHO, it's more important to teach the Scouts to select and use the
most practical camping gear available than to encourage them to
construct a less-efficient alternative.
Another thought: I've seen altogether too many units that go to
camporees, etc. burdened to the teeth with gear meant to "show off" to
other units. Thanks, but no thanks. I'd rather encourage the Scouts to
carry what THEY need to survive in the outdoors, rather than hauling
extra gear just for display.
Hope this doesn't sound like a flame, Carl, because it isn't meant to
be, but I believe the topic is important.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City