scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Children at Campouts
Dale Karweik (karweik.1@OSU.EDU
Thu May 11 2000 - 15:17:37 CDT
Camping with younger children was not the most important item on my plate
when the string started but it has been around long enough that I need to
weigh in as well. Joel is the SM and has the responsibility to ensure the
safety of his Troop. He made a decision based on his reading of the G2SS
and thought that was the end. The Leader thought otherwise and proceeded
to bring a child with despite being asked not to. Joel is SM. Unless the
Troop Committee met and over-ruled him, he made a decision and has the
right to stand by it. I will not second guess him.
In general, I think the comments made by Jim Sleezer describe my experience
with allowing younger boys at Troop campouts. There has always been a
greater loss rate for boys who were involved too soon and then became old
enough to be in the full program. Why would a kid want to cook and clean
dishes, set up a tent, follow the rules when he has become accustomed to
being waited on? He has had the fun without the work and responsibility.
I would also add that even with the parent being responsible for a younger
child, it did distract me when younger children were present. Part of my
attention was always on them because I was the responsible adult in charge
of the Unit and all the people involved. I am sure that other SM's have
felt the same way.
Finally with respect to one comment, if separating a boy and his siblings
one weekend a month tears the family apart I think there are other problems
present. Scouts need to have the option of being away from the family to
complete their growth. I have watched too many SM's sons not to see this.
The boys are not Cub Scouts anymore and need the progressive challenges
to continue their growth, this includes progressively longer times away
from the family and the opportunity to grow a little on his own.
My experience and my opinions - yours may vary.
Troop 417 Scoutmaster Emeritus and ASM
Buckeye District Boy Scout RT Commissioner
Post 214 - Black Sheep OA Dance Team and Construction Crew - Advisor
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