Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Brand New Boy Scout (First outing?)
Re: Brand New Boy Scout (First outing?)
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 03:18:11 EST
In a message dated 99-02-11 04:56:23 EST, you write:
<< And, hopefully, between now and then (July) he will get an opportunity to
on a weekend campout with his new troop. I'm not really sure when bridging
will occur (just got a new den leader.) He has one thing left to do before
his AoL (besides his filling out the application.)
Thanks again for all the input!
Deirdre LaRock >>
As I have been catching up on this thread as it has gone on for the last 3
days I am surprised that there hasn't been much attention to perhaps the most
possibly significant issue here. As I recall the original post made reference
to the young Scout having not been away from home on any sort of overnight
Gee, I certainly would like to see a new scout go on a outing with the troop
to see if he is going to feel comfortable away from home and Mom and Dad etc.
for a week. If he hasn't been away from home on his own, sending him to a
week of summer camp without any prior troop experiences, with boys and adults
he hardly knows could be a little more transition than he is up to. I am
certainly in favor of all scouts going to camp, first year especially, but
from this distance (not knowing the boys personality) the no outings issue
would have me concerned if it was our troop. A homesick kid does not have
the best time.
With regard to the, What MB to take? question, I think he needs to talk to the
boys who have been in camp before (that means he needs to be at more troop
functions so he knows who to talk to) and ask for advice. And no need to
schedule 5 MB's to fill 5 slots. My son and many of his friends regularly
will leave the last slot unscheduled so they can do what they want (80% of the
time its the pool).
And what gear to take, again ask the SM and the experienced boys (uhoh
repeating myself again) what they need to take. If the troop has been there
before they will know exactly what is needed, and if its a new camp to them
they will still have a good handle on what is needed.
Hope he has a great time.