Re: Problem at camp
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Thu, 25 Sep 1997 12:26:21 -0400
Jack Cudney wrote, in part:
> The question becomes, " Does the activity in question
> enhance the program, or does it damage or take away from the program ?." My
> personal opinion is that we are working overtime to bring these boys back to
> camp for a positive experience. The time you are using is dead time, time in
> which boys will get homesick, cause trouble in the campsite, etc.
Your question is exactly right, IMHO. If there are activities going on
at the same time which would suffer from the "Pied Piper" effect of the
music, the music should be postponed or eliminated. Our Troop bans
personal electronic gear (boom boxes, Walkman-type tape & CD players,
Game Boys, etc.) on outings, since that tends to detract and distract
the Scouts from the outdoor individual and group experience.
However, with camporee-style camping (hardly a wilderness experience),
group enjoyment of music for a limited period sounds like a good idea.
If this took place during one of those "dead" or transition times, I see
nothing wrong with adding another "fun" element which may help retain
Scouts who otherwise may be prone to drift away.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City