Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Broken sled
Re: Broken sled
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 11:29:07 -0500
Ginny Gillam wrote:
>> Is a sled in this condition acceptable to race? Will it not
be hard to handle and will it be graded down right from the
start for it's condition? It does not look like any of the
plans for Klondike sled plans that I have 'lain an eyeball'
upon in helping to design these sleds. <<
Things happen. So the sled was damaged. Did the boys learn
anything from building it? Will they learn anything from
competing anyway? Will they *HAVE FUN*? It seems to me that
the leadership did just the right thing - overcome the problem
the best you can and go on.
I certainly wouldn't "pull out" of the event now. Remember,
the goal of scouting is not to "win". That's the message that
the boys get from sports. Our message is that the trip is as
important as the goal, that you work together as a team, and
learn together. So what if they get a zero at sled inspection?
Will they have fun? Will they still get to exhibit their
scouting skills? Can you imagine the feeling of accomplishment
if they manage to overcome this and win anyway?
>> They were turned lose to race/run them in
the dark and in the rain without supervision of adults. <<
I should hope so. "Supervision" of the sled is the patrol
leader's job. The adults in the troop only need to make sure
that the environment is safe: ie, that they don't intend to
ride the sleds down the cliff, out into the highway, etc. If
the boys can't race around the meeting place, how are they
going to handle the sled at the Klondike?
Playing in the dark and in the rain is something that the
scouts love to do and bring them back for the rest of the
program (remember - scouting is a game with a purpose).
One note; my troop has five different Klondike sleds, and
only two of them have "ski's" that turn up at the front. The
other three have aluminum runners (aluminum nailed to 2 X 3's)
that do not turn up in the front.
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.21
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313, Cradle of Liberty Council
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl