Re: Camp Chairs
Anthony J. Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET)
Fri, 19 Jun 1998 00:09:47 -0400
Anthony J. Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scoutmaster, Troop 381
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Great Trail Council - Akron, Ohio
"I used to be an Eagle (C-7-97), but I'll always be an Eagle (1981)"Question
1: What do other troops do about Scouts who want to bring a chair
on a campout?
Answer: In Troop 381 we have no policy concerning Scouts and chairs. The
reason is quite simple: we have no reason to have a policy. The Scoutmaster
(that's me) has a chair he brings on campouts. He is very protective of his
chair and insists that he does not bring it for others to use. This often
leads to complaints which are quickly and easily quieted by stating "You
want to sit in a chair, bring your own."
Personally, I think a policy on camp chairs is unnecessary. If it is an
issue of "needing something to sit on after spending the day chasing after
boys" I would submit that you aren't letting your youth leaders do their
jobs. Why should adults have to chase Scouts when there are other Scouts
willing to do so? If it's a problem of respecting personal property, there
are several points in the Scout Law that cover that nicely.
Question 2: What do you think of our no chairs policy?
Answer: If the policy was equally enforced and included adults as well as
Scouts then it would be useful. If the policy only covers Scouts, I fear you
are setting a bad example. Adult leaders are expected to live up to the
ideals of Scouting as well as the boys. I can think of no reason a troop
should have two separate policies in any area. We are in the business of
setting an example of good character and conduct. And our organization is
here for the boys, not the adults. Therefore, adults should be held to the
same standards as the boys. That gives you the choice of prohibiting chairs
for adults AND Scouts, or letting anyone who wants to carry one bring one.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City