scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Fw: Re: Troop Tents
Daniel E. Smith (dansher@SPRYNET.COM
Sat Apr 01 2000 - 19:26:08 CST
From: "Dan O'Canna"
> The skills learned working as a patrol and within patrols are
> (IMHO) very important. Our troop rules are that ALL scouts
> use the troop's tents, stoves and cook pots. In the same
> way the Scout uniform promotes equality, so does using the
> same basic gear. The guy who can afford a "stately pleasure
> dome" that would make Kubla Khan happy sets himself apart
> from the group by bringing it on a camping trip.
I am in full agreement with Dan. Our troop provides troop tents and all
patrol camping gear. The skills of participating citizenship are best
learned in the patrol atmosphere. From time to time, I have scouts ask if
they can bring their own tent but the answer remains that they must sleep in
the troop tents and in their patrols. The patrols determine their own
sleeping arrangements without outside interference except for a very rare
case where boys will be boys and can not agree on acceptable arrangements.
This has worked well for us.
Scoutmaster, Troop 221, Oakwood GA
Chattahoochee District Commissioner, NEGA Council