Re: Developing planning skills among young scouts
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 15:46:23 -0500
You couldn't be more correct. Kids can't see past the immediate step or need, so
we have to help them with checklists. When I camp with adults, we never need a
duty roster. Things just get done. But as many times as we go camping with the
boys and as many times as we have set up a camp site, each time the boys go
about it willy nilly unless the trip SPL is set right with a check list.
It wasn't until they got drenched while trying to set up camp in the rain that
they really understood why rigging dining flys is the first item on the list
going in and the last itme going out. They also learned first hand that dry is
warm and wet is cold, one of our troop's mantras.
A boy has to be in the right frame of mind before he can learn something new.
The best way for him to get into that frame of mind is to fail and realize that
he needs to learn it right or be uncomfortable. Then he will pay attention long
enough for it to stick for more than a few minutes.
Unless the boy is in real danger, it never bothers me to see him go hungry
because he burnt his food while cooking over flame instead of coals. Or is cold
because he is wet from not pitching his tent in a proper location. Some of my
best scouts started out as total know it alls who messed up and were miserable.
Then they came around and were ready to learn.
Besides, it wouldn't be any fun if they all came in at 11 years old with a full
set of camping skills.I wouldn't have any stories to tell around the water
cooler on Monday's! *L*
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City