Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Gear and lots of it!
Gear and lots of it!
Thu, 29 Oct 1998 10:32:21 -0500
Andre Coltrin wrote:
>We went to a camporee this last weekend and it was great. our little
>troop had a great time but we looked like a small group of homeless people
>the crashed the party!
>Were do we get plans for the one sheet of plywood tables and troop
>boxes and other things that help make a camp site?
And Barry Runnels pointed out the trap of having too much gear. Of course
how much is too much? Every troop needs to make that decision, but for me
the more you tote to an outing the more work it is for the ADULTS.
Most of the troops in my area that travel with a lot of gear seem to be
run mostly by adults. One or more adults show up early at the campsite and
set up the trailer and dining flys and tables and such. Quite often doing
most of the cooking and set up for the patrols.
These are often good troops with strong programs. Nothing wrong with the
way they work, IMHO.
Since long before I joined, our troop has done things in a different way.
We show up at almost every campout (even camporees) with low impact gear
and set up a low impact site. Once in a while we bring a fire barrel and
some other heavy (like Dutch ovens) gear, but for the most part we travel
with one backpack per person and set up like we were going backpacking.
The time spent loading/unloading gear and keeping up with all manner of
equipment is minimal. For the adult leaders it saves us no end of time.
For the troop is saves no end of expense and storage problems. For the
Scouts it lets them break into backpacking over a period of time and lets
them perfect their technique in a more forgiving environment.
Our troop has accumulated a few loaner packs and sleeping bags to get the
new guys started, and yes, we do some other types of outings through out the
year, too. By and large, tho, when we go out as a troop we plan to leave as
small a disturbance behind as possible. More than once we have had Scouts
from other troops tell us that they were impressed by our camp.
Whatever works for your troop's program is the best way for you. For us
that way is, for the most part, low impact. It works well for us.
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky