Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Sodas on campouts
Re: Sodas on campouts
Thu, 29 Oct 1998 16:11:41 -0500
I mentioned in an earlier note that our Troop requires written permission
from a parent before a Scout is allowed to drink coffee. We have an
absolute ban on soda except at summer camp where it is sold in the trading
post (sigh). This apparently is a long-standing rule in the Troop and the
rationale explained to me is that when one is out camping you need to focus
on getting good nutrition and a carbonated beverage will only make you feel
full while providing simply empty calories. I'm not sure that the caffeine
or sugar really impact behavior that much but I certainly don't want to
experiment with 20 Scouts out in the woods somewhere.
This past weekend we were camping in a state park that seemed to have a
soda machine every 50 feet. We had a couple of parents along who "forgot"
the rule and bought sodas for their son (this after I reminded *many* other
boys that they couldn't get one themselves). This caused us no end of
grief as you might imagine.
Which brings me to another question. The SM and three very active ASMs all
have boys in the Troop (we have many other active ASMs whose sons have
moved on). We have a rule that we can't work with the Patrol our son is
in, nor do we normally work with our son on advancement (unless he is part
of a larger group). This works very well. But we can't seem to convince
parents that they should stay out of their son's business when they go
along on campouts. I practically had to tie one mother's hands to keep her
from cooking, serving and cleaning up for her son's patrol. Another boy
who is normally wonderful on an outing suddenly couldn't do anything when
his father was around -- and insisted on "dealing" with every little thing
the boy tried to do.
How do other folks convince parents that their sons can function fine
without their constant attention?
ASM Troop 1097