Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Broken sled
Re: Broken sled
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 12:15:46 -0800
Ginny Gillam <howlers@INTELIPORT.COM> wrote:
>Last night after many meetings of hard work and preparation to finish
>building two sleds for the Troop to use at their first Klondike derby, the
>boys on one team break theirs. They were turned lose to race/run them in
>the dark and in the rain without supervision of adults.... [snip]
>These boys are now only days from the competition, which is this Saturday,
>March 6. In another Council about 70 miles away. Deposit has been paid to
>the Council for event and each boy has prepaid their participation fee to
>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?
>What do we do now. Forfeit or proceed?
What do you think would have been the response if you had said, in a very
parently manner, "Don't take it outside in the rain. You might break it."
I can't speak for the judging or the competition, because I have no
experience there, but I do have experience with allowing Scouts to learn
from their mistakes. If the sled is unusable and they have to watch
everyone else participate in the activities, you may be well assured that
they will take care of their sled next year.
Alan R. Houser ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **