Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Dilemma.....backpacking!
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 12:11:08 -0500
I face a similar dilemma in my troop. Part of what has cleared it up is
better understanding of backpacking...however, problems remain.
Some of the concern of my boys is that they may just be a little lazy
(aren't we all!). However, the parents have a concern about the cost. It
is much cheaper, for example, for my boys to go to the Seabase, where all
equipment is supplied, than to go to Philmont, where the boys would need
boots (unless they follow the advice in a recent Backpacker article...),
sleeping bags, etc. Right now, they are completely comfortable with car
camping--sheets, cots, etc. None of them are prepared to take a 4 lb bag or
lighter, for example. Simply preparing for a serious backpacking trip is a
Their other concern is what you do when backpacking. Getting, hiking,
eating, hiking, eating and going to bed does not appeal to them. Program
kind of does.
I'v thought about doing a "challenge" idea...the PLC chooses a high
adventure trip for 2 out of every 3 summers; the scoutmasters pick it for
the third. This may be an option where we backpack (because the adults want
to). However, it could very easily die if no boy chooses to go on our trip