scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Webelos Camping
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM
Tue Nov 16 1999 - 16:33:01 CST
> From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@listserv.tcu.edu]On
> Behalf Of Bob Dewar
> Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 7:19 PM
> All fine and dandy, (and within the rules of BSA) for an overnight "Den
> Campout". But the original question was about Webelos attending a Boy Scout
> campout. The very next paragraph from the GSS reads;
> "It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of an
> adult. Joint Webelos den-troop campouts are encouraged for dens of
> fifth-grade Webelos Scouts with their parents to strengthen ties between the
> pack and troop. Den leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to
> accompany the boys on approved trips."
Except that this talks about joint Webelos DEN/Boy Scout TROOP campouts.
Thus, it is still a DEN campout, with a troop, and I see absolutely nothing
that allows a Webelos Den to ignore the leadership rules for camping just
because they HAPPEN to be with a troop. IOW, there needs to be a specific,
designated adult responsible for each and every Webelos Scout on the campout.
That adult should be the parent or another adult, other than the Webelos Den
Leader. The requirement pertains not only to ratio of adults to Webelos on
the trip, but to the SPECIFIC adult responsible for each Webelos Scout. I
fail to see how camping with a troop has any effect on these rules.
(If the question is whether a Webelos parent can ask a member of the troop
leadership to serve as the designated adult for his son, I see no reason why
not as long as that troop leader feels he can watch this Webelos Scout in
particular while still fulfilling his troop adult leadership role.)
Bruce E. Cobern
Founders District, Queens Council, NY