scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: FW: The NetCommish Website
Wed Nov 24 1999 - 16:05:21 CST
>For $100, your troop can purchase a "Youth Group Annual Entrance
>Permit" that waives entrance/parking fees to Texas State Parks for
>groups of up to 50. You still have to pay the campsite fees
>but no parking or entrance fees. The permits may be purchased at
>any Texas State Park.
But....and this applies even more to a group our size....100 boys,
average of 45-50 per campout.....there are restrictions on size of groups
per campsite, number of people per group , etc. Also, there are quiet
hours that are strictly enforced. You can't go out at midnight and teach
the group astronomy, watch a meteor shower, or even play a game late
because you have to be silent or the rangers are down at your site either
chewing you out or writing tickets.
In the state parks, you can't always go "over there where it looks
fun"..there may be restrictions on access to certain areas. You often
have to hike on marked trails...so navigation becomes considerably easier
In the State parks here ( Texas Panhandle...we got two parks within 3
hours of us...the next closest is well over a half-days drive)...there
are people drinking (even where its banned), playing loud radios and boom
boxes, etc that are either very distracting to the troop, or just a bad
example of behavior.
We try to avoid the state parks as much as possible..they just don't seem
to work well with a troop activity. Public land is non-existant in our
state....so you have to go either to private land or scout property.
Just my thoughts