Re: Campout Transportation
Susan Best (sbest@NET-THING.NET)
Sat, 11 Jul 1998 11:15:28 -0500
At 07:53 AM 7/9/98 -0700, The Hammons family wrote:
>In Re Jason Cruse's query;
>That's a tough one and doesn't have a singular answer. First Question,
>is the Campout site accessable by Car? If so, Policy allows an older
>scout who has his liscense to drive himself. Also what is the reason?
>The only time we have done this was to allow an Eagle who was appearing
>in an awards ceremony at his High School to attend the outing at a
>nearby Air Force Base. If the Campout site requires backpacking, what
>happens to the buddy system? The only times we have allowed this was
>when the father and son were going on the outing and the son has SATs
>the departure morning. Also the Dad was registered and High Adventure
>As for Drop offs, only on Car camping when there are enough seats to get
>everyone home inside of policy and and for good reasons, not sports.
Assuming having the parents drop off later does not disrupt the program
(e.g., backpacking would be a problem), why do you allow it for some
reasons and not others? As leaders, I don't feel we can say what are good
reasons and what aren't. It should be up to the Scout and his parents to
work out priorities (again, as long as it doesn't disrupt the program).
Why make it difficult for the SCout to be involved in more than one
activity? When signing up for Scouts, or a sport, or band, or chorus,
etc., one does not have the schedules for all these events for the next
four years and therefore cannot know all the possible conflicts. There may
be a very good camping program that the Scout would enjoy and benefit from,
but you prohibit him from going if he won't get back from the school sports
event in time?
Now if the same Scout was doing this repeatedly and not sharing the work of
camp setup and or packing, then you have a different problem and I could
see having a discussion with the Scout and, if necessary, the parents. In
this situation, I think you would be justified in limiting the drop offs,
or assigning a separate work task to help in carry his fair share of the
work, or some other compensation.
Troop 296, Troop Committee
I used to be an Eagle
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City