scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Leader Who Breaks The Rules
Daniel E. Smith (dansher@SPRYNET.COM
Fri May 12 2000 - 18:26:18 CDT
> We allow families to go on all of our campouts except council run events.
> (they don't allow it)
> As a parent of 4, I can not afford to pay a babysitter so I can volunteer
> time. We get much more help from our parents and they enjoy it this way.
> Isn't BSA to stress family values? What values are we teaching them when
> insist that a Cub scout be removed from camp?
To me, it is a matter for the local unit to determine as long as the parent
is present throughout the period and the unit leader is comfortable with all
safety issues in relation to the underage child. Throughout the years, a
number of leaders at my troop have brought along their smaller children on
an occasional camping trip with the troop and for the most part this has not
been a problem. One other side issue to this question is whether it
benefits anyone but the parent. Younger children who do a lot of Boy Scout
camping are usually somewhat tired of it all by the time they reach "legal"
age and I have seen many fall by the wayside because they did it all too
soon and wanted more than the troop offered by the time they were able to
participate as members. That is I think, the reason that BSA limits the
camping experience for Cubs.
Scoutmaster, Troop 221 Oakwood GA
Chattahoochee District Commissioner, NEGA Council