Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Free School Bus?
Re: Free School Bus?
Wed, 28 Apr 1999 11:29:25 -0400
Remeber TANSTAFL -- There ain't no such thing as a free lunch -- or bus.
Costs such as insurance, fuel, tires, maintenance are all as big as,
well, a bus. In some states the people who maintain such vehicles
must be certified and, of course, their labor charges are even higher
than normal mechanics. Truck tires are very expensive and a typical
Scout bus will not wear out a set before they dry rot. Expect fuel
mileage in the 3-5 mpg range.
Often school busses are geard to run in town and will not top 55 mph
on the highway.
As pointed out in other posts a special driver's license is required,
but that is not a major obstacle, at least here in Kentucky.
The big problem with a large vehicle like a bus is the constant expense
of upkeep and having someone knowledgeable enough to keep on top of it.
Special inspections are required and some of systems on the vehicle,
like air brakes, are outside the experience of a typical home mechanic.
Such a vehicle can serve a troop well, but in my not so humble opinion,
can complicate matters more than I would care for. Our troop equipment
consists of a few backpacking tents and stoves, and a patrol box we
take to summer camp. The more gear, the more complicated it gets for
the adult leaders. Keeping the outings simple enough for the boys to
take the major share of leadership sure makes my life easier.
I respect the way other troops run their program, and feel Scouting
can be served in many ways. Personnaly I subscribe to the concept:
Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky