scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Fw: Re: Troop Attend Seperate Camps??
Daniel E. Smith (dansher@SPRYNET.COM
Wed Feb 16 2000 - 19:31:41 CST
From: "The Gillams" <howlers@INTELIPORT.COM>
> I would like to add that most of the boys who are attending as THE TROOP
> at the camp they picked are between the ages of 11 - 12. There are
> several first time campers who will take advantage of the First Year
> program while the 4-5 older boys over 13 will hopefully try the older
> Scout program and not concentrate so much on Merit Badges
> The new Scout leaders or parents have no idea how the dynamics of a
> Troop are run and apparently feel it is similar to cubs. This was made
> clear during the meeting they attended last night by the questions they
> asked. They have a lot to learn and that is one reason for all to attend
> the same camp.
The warning bells are deafening in their clamor. It is not so much of a
question whether a troop should split and attend two different summer camps
but rather one of what appears to be Webelo parents run amok. If they are
to be members of your troop, then they should join with the troop and do
what the troop is doing (and that could be going to two different camps if
that is what is decided by the PLC and Scoutmaster [notice that Webelo
Parents were not mentioned in that group]) Summer camp is not a Webelo
outing nor a family vacation but rather a fantastic troop outing. It is a
time of bonding and being allowed to practice Scouting in the troop setting
over a long term. Most of the boys attending from the troop will be in the
first year camper program and these incoming Webeloes should be there with
them. You would leave with two or more factions in the troop and return
with one big family. If these Webelo parents are allowed to do this, this
situation will be repeated again and again and this group of boys probably
will never truly "join" the troop.
One man's opinion.
Scoutmaster, Troop 221, Oakwood GA
Chattahoochee District Commissioner, NEGA Council