Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Dilemma.....backpacking!
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 12:54:47 EDT
In a message dated 8/10/99 5:09:33 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> OK, here's the problem. In this age of couch potatoes, TV, video games
> and computers, and a general laziness that permeates our society
> today.........how do you induce Scout aged boys to want to do
> backpacking and hiking activities?
If the boys have no interest in hiking or backpacking, well, it's their troop.
If you'd like to get them to try it and make an informed decision, you might
When I was a Scout, each year the boys would determine that activities and
set the calendar, except for one activity called "The Scoutmaster's
The Scoutmaster was allowed to select the activity for one event each year,
and was expected to lead the planning process with the boy leaders. The
event was typically challenging and required planning abilities beyond the
existing capabilities of the boys alone. The event had several benefits:
1) It prevented us from getting into ruts. The Scoutmaster would select some
pretty wild activities. We had great fun.
2) The boy leaders got to participate in some advanced planning activities
under the guidance of the SM. It served to raise the bar for planning and
implementation during the rest of the year. We learned a lot.
3) We had the opportunity to see the Scout Leaders model the Scouting
program for us. It was inspiring and challenging.
While the troop is definitely to be a boy run operation, I believe that it is
also appropriate to occasionally model, teach, and lead by example.
Food for thought.