Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM)
Sat, 22 Nov 1997 19:51:52 -0600
At 05:05 PM 11/22/97 -0600, you wrote:
>For instance, the
>youth of a patrol before YPP would simply pack their gear and head out for a
>weekend campout at someone's farm or ranch. Today, two adults must
>accompany them on such "impromptu" events and a local tour permit must be
>filed with the local Council in some cases up to a *week before* the
Mike, I'm not sure that this is true. In my Scoutmaster's Handbook,
Patrols also have their own meetings, elect their own officers, and
plan and carry out their own activities.
Page 39, in the section headed "Patrol Activities"
"A good patrol should carry out hikes, camping trips, and
other activities of its own, and not just sit around waiting for the
next troop event. After all, a patrol is not just one of several units
into which a Troop is divided, but one of several units that make up
the troop. A patrol has every right to enlarge its share of Scouting
Adventure by planning activities of its own.
"A caution, though: No patrol activity should conflict with or
bypass a troop activity. And any patrol hike or overnight must have
the Scoutmaster's approval. Sometimes the Scoutmaster may ask a Scout's
parent and another adult leader to accompany a patrol on an outdoor
The way I read this is that a patrol can plan and execute both day and
overnight activities without adults present, although the Scoutmaster
may require adults to accompany them if he or she feels it necessary,
just like when I was a Scout in the late 60's and early 70's.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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