Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Camping Reply
Wed, 3 Feb 1999 01:40:24 -0600
Ron Ferguson said:
"Stepping up on my soap box
As a Counselor for Camping merit badge, I have never allowed
camping with the family or a church group. The reason for this is
because most of the time the scout is not pitching his own tent as
required by the merit badge. Camping by yourself would violate the
buddy system taught in the tenderfoot requirement. If your are going to
do something that would count towards a scout requirement, then use the
scout rules when you do it."
It's not that I am against it, it's just that I have just never found
the requirements met when I ask the parents or the boys. A little
history and insight. In Oklahoma, I believe the Boy Scouts are the only
youth group that still camps in tents. This is because of the murders
of three Girl Scouts that took place in the late 70s or early 80s in a
summer camp across the road from a Boy Scout summer camp. No one heard
or saw anything. One man was charged, but he was acquitted. I believe
the GS and Campfires must sleep in lockable cabins with posted guards.
So now you know why I said what I did. I don't believe in adding
requirements and thank those of you that pointed this out believing I
was. After all I did say "If your are going to do something that would
count towards a scout requirement, then use the scout rules when you do
it." I quoted the book and I don't mind having it quoted back.
My wish is that we all live and learn and take the patience to teach
those who haven't.
SA for New Scouts
WB SR-187 (Pooh Bear)
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