scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: LNT Ethic and Large Troops
Greg DeVries (Greg.DeVries@WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Wed Apr 05 2000 - 09:25:45 CDT
I know we've had a lot of discussion on this subject recently, but our troop
is facing a growth dilemma.
Within the past two years our troop membership has doubled to about 48 boys.
Campouts have better attendance 35-40 boys plus on average 6-10 adults. In
the past our group size on campouts was smaller 15-18 total, and we were
able to have a variety of campouts, anywhere from mountain biking and
backpacking to base camping and camporees.
In trying to keep our troop's commitment to the LNT ethic, how do we keep
this same variety of camping experiences? I observed the impact made on our
last campout (an established campsite at a local scout camp). The scouts
did an excellent job leaving the area clean, but we definitely left an
impact with 42 total in our group. I am trying to visualize what that group
would do to a trail while mountain biking or backpacking, even if they
followed trail etiquette, just the shear numbers would have an impact. In
camping together as a group the noise level (before everyone falls asleep at
9pm <G>) is high. No one really is loud, but normal conversation with a
crowd of people is going to create some noise.
I know we could split the groups up on campouts, and we've done that before,
but I like to see senior scouts assisting younger scouts in camp.
Any suggestions, or similar situations from the list?
Scoutmaster, Troop 150
Chagrin Falls, Ohio