scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Society Is To Blame
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@COLORADO.EDU
Mon Aug 07 2000 - 14:54:16 CDT
On Mon, 7 Aug 2000, Anthony Mako wrote:
> As the troop settled into the camp routine, my SA and I began our leisurly
> strolls through camp and encountered the first of two major problems. We
> walked a short trail between our campsite and the camp Trading Post on
> Monday morning and picked up a considerable amount of trash. Another walk on
> Monday afternoon, on a different trail, yeilded even more trash. It was
> everywhere - on the trail, beside the trail, in the woods, in the ravines -
> everywhere. And it was obvious trash.
> We figured that the trash was a fluke. That it would improve as the week
> went on, but by Tuesday afternoon it was obvious that someone, or something,
> was replacing the trash as soon as we could pick it up. On Wednesday's SM
> meeting, we mentioned the problem to the camp staff and were dumbfounded at
> the response. In a nutshell - "Society is to blame; the racoons are too
> smart; and Scout leaders should say something to their Scouts."
This is an attitude which is really undefendable -- trash need not be an
issue at a camp. Just back from camp myself, all it took was the camp
director's statement that "this is our home, take care of it" along with
that attitude reflected by the staff, and the place was nearly spotless.
Beyond that, there is a very simple way to make sure that trash is not
left all over the place -- make sure that everyone knows that if trash is
a problem then the trading post will stop selling candy/junk food. Takes
no resources for policing to speak of, and the boys will make SURE that
they keep things clean. The most I've ever seen candy sales have to be
suspended is half a day, and boy was the camp clean after that. It really
doesn't even hurt the bottom line of the camp store, since pretty much
everyone will just spend more money once the candy goes back on sale.
Sounds like the camp staff, and specifically the camp director, need to be
reminded of their role (and who they work for).