Re: Webelos and AOL
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 8 Apr 1998 06:46:06 -0400
Sounds like your stake has a good program for the 11 year old scouts.
When my oldest was 11, our ward was "on its own" re the program. Its a
story I've told here before, but I took the Blazers to summer camp (sans
the rest of the troop) the summer my son turned 12. Best summer camp
experience I've ever had. Turns out it is the best one (other than a
week at a council's aquatics camp) that any of those scouts have ever
had, too, as the rest of their summer camp experience has been "LDS week"
As for letting someone younger than 11 join the troop, this particular 10
year old had received the AOL several months previously, was bored out of
his mind with repeating Webelos activities, and it was the right decision
to have him join the troop.
Several list members have mentioned having a father in camp as the "go-no
go" decision maker for a younger scout at camp. In my experience, it is
the fathers of scouts who (if unregistered and untrained) are the biggest
problems with their sons' camping experiences. They want so desperately
to help their sons that they refuse to learn the first lesson of scout
adult leadership: stand around with your hands in your pockets and
respond, "What does your patrol leader say?" to virtually every question.
Paul H. Brown, KD4UPD
I used to be an Antelope, WB 82-66
Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, Pack CC
George Washington District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
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