scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Troop Tentage vs. Personal Tents
John Wm. Unger (junger@ALPHA1.NET
Tue Mar 28 2000 - 12:11:24 CST
The Troops with which I have been associated usually had Troop tents &
cooking gear, with the boys supplying their own sleeping bags, eating
utensils, backpacks, etc. The Troop/SM/ASM usually have loaners, too,
especially for the new Scouts. We have recently experienced a boom in
membership, just passing 50 a month or so ago. Troop equipment is
insufficient for the number of boys, so we are begging Scouts and Scouters
to supply their own tents if they have them.
Fundraisers are held for resupplying worn equipment, and for paying for
awards, summer camps, etc. Each participating boy has a balance on the
books which he can use to apply to camp as needed.
Our Crew, when it was a new Post, had nothing, and equipment has been
donated and purchased over time. We supply tents for those who do not have
them, have some quite nice backpacks donated (especially for the ladies we
have some excellent women's backpacks) supply sleeping bags for our college
members who don't have space to store them, or funds to purchase them, we
have purchased backpacking stoves, and use our personal campstove a lot. At
the annual "garage sale" at our Council Camp, we have been able to supply
ourselves with experienced cooking gear that was somehow forgotten by
someone at the previous years summer camp.
We have not seen the "gear mania" get too bad. Even among the Scouters
we vary from a real gear-head to gear-minimalists. I don't know of anyone
feeling bad because of their gear, other than the new Scouts with old cotton
slumber-bags for their sleeping bag - but that's another thing, I think.
Gear is passed around as one family outgrows it and another needs it.
Last night I purchased a nice JanSport external frame for #2 son for $25.
It's a tad on the small size capacity wise, but may lead him to better
backpacking practices. (Of course his father bought the highest-capacity
bag he could afford last summer, but that's another story. I keep telling
Chaplain, Troop 114
Advisor, Crew 99