I agree totally here. I was a Scout as a boy, and am
an avid outdoorsman. I became a leader again about 10
years ago when my boy was getting old enuf for cubs.
I volunteered to head the Cub summer camp, and I
learned there was a big difference between camping
with experienced peers and camping with inexperienced
parent volunteers & their inexperienced boys. I
worked my butt off & was exhausted, and I wasnt even
responsible for any program stuff, the Council handled
all that! I think ALL leaders should take whatever
appropriate training is offered, it's usually fun
anyway and you'll always learn something.
George Bruck, Jr
"I used to be an Owl...." NE-II-99
ASM Troop 123
ADC Pennsbury District
subcamp 4 commissary, Jambo 01
> -> Can't find the specific quote where Kevin said
> this, but couldn't
> pass up responding. The key thing we teach to
> experienced woodsmen is
> that leading a group of 8 boys and their parents in
> a Webelos Den
> campout is a TOTALLY different thing than any other
> campout has ever
> been for him.
> Many men and women and their children love to camp
> as a family.
> Not many of them bring 7 of their son's friends
> along. Not too many
> families have an organized plan for the day
> activities as well as
> practiced skits for the evening campfire. Neither do
> they ask 10
> strangers (parents of the friends) to join
> them--several of whom are
> single parents and/or guardians and several that
> have never camped in
> their life.
> No-unless they've been a Webelos leader before, or
> need serious
> mental health attention, they haven't done this.
> What we can teach
> experienced outdoorsman is the difference between
> deer hunting with
> good 'ol boys and a Webelos Den campout. Like, no
> beer. Like, your
> acts completely different in a group than when you
> are one-on-one.
> Like, this is a whole lot of work!
> That's what the bored outdoorsman needs to learn.
> So, have him
> teach a part of the Round-Robin skills to show his
> ability, and then
> sit through the rest to learn about Scouts.
> Kelly Parker
> SM, Troop 110 Firebird District
> Training Czar
> Grand Canyon Council Jambo '01 Arena
> Lighting Staff
> Phoenix, AZ Used to be a Bobwhite
> ...and a good ol' Eagle,
> too! (W-CS-41)
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