Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Sodas on campouts
Sodas on campouts
Thu, 29 Oct 1998 08:15:14 -0700
The thread about whether youth should be allowed to drink coffee on
campouts raises a related issue: Are carbonated drinks appropriate for
Our patrols often bring "Coke" and other canned carbonated drinks.
Apparently, this has been accepted procedure in the troop from time
immemorial. Obviously on car campouts, not on backback trips (or not so
obvious--I have seen a kid pull a two-liter bottle of Pepsi out of his
pack at the end of a five mile packback hike)
My experience is that health issues aside, the excessive sugar and
caffeine does impact the scouts' behavior. However, I have to admit that
most of my objection is probably aesthetic and traditional--we didn't
bring soft drinks camping when I was a Scouts, so it just don't seem
right to me.
Adding to the problem, the adult grubmasters are in the habit of
bringing a cooler full of sodas for the grownups, leading to kids
hanging around the adult camp area trying to bum Cokes.
Personally, I'd ban the stuff, but as a new scoutmaster I have plenty of
other fires to fight so I haven't tackled this one yet.
Thoughts? What policies do other troops have?
SM Troop 761
Thousand Oaks, CA