Bob Washburn (whiterabbit@IW.EDWPUB.COM)
Sat, 22 Aug 1998 20:26:37 -0500
At 10:33 AM 8/21/98 -0400, R.F. Locke wrote:
> Two questions immediately come to mind:
> 1. What should I tell them (where to start)?
> 2. What should be in every scouts backpack?
> I have my own ideas on both of these questions but I want to hear
The answer to the second question is: "Only the bare minimum."
Each scout should make a list of everything in the backpack and its
location. In most packs there is a map pocket in the front. This is a
good place to keep the list. Before every trip review the list with each
scout and weigh the pack. Look for appropriate items, necessary items,
After each trip again have the scouts review the list? What did they take
and not use? What did they use, but not really need? What did they need
and not have? Eventually each scout will have their own personalized
The most important thing in introducing a troop to backpacking is start
short and easy. It is a learning experience, not an endurance test. Start
them on hikes that are too long, steep, or difficult and it will be
forevermore a battle to get backpacking on the troop calendar.
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