By now most of you have read the most recent issue of Scouting Magazine. Bob Mazzuca started off the theme of fitness in his “From The CSE” article on page 8. Then on page 45 there is an article called “Fat Chance”. In the intro of the article it says, ” People who recite the Boy Scout Oath promise to keep themselves ‘physically strong’. That goes for adult leaders, too. It’s time for you and your Scout to get fitter and faster- and avoid missing out on Scouting’s greatest adventures.”
I have talked about it before.. but I love to pass on “Expert” advice on backpacking and camping gear. I always tell the Scouts that if you take care of your gear it will take care of you. Your tent is more than likely the most expensive or at least in the top three most expensive items you have in your gear collection. If you take care of it.. it will last a long time.
We have been talking a lot lately about gear. I did a couple podcasts on gear and have received lots of great feedback and comments on what is peoples backpacks and what they prefer to use when out on the trail. Yesterday I took some time and listened to my good buddy Shawn’s latest podcast. He talked about “gearing up” his new Troop. He suggested a few things that him and I have talked about at length regarding outfitting a Scout Troop in the “Backpacking style”. I am finding that many more Troops are going to this style of camping… weather they actually hit the trail or not.. the “Backpacking style” or “light weight” camping offers many more options for both the Scouts and leaders of a Troop. Without sacrificing any comfort, nutrition, or skills. The lighter weight style requires the Scouts to have a few more skills and requires the leaders to do a lot more teaching up front. But once routines are established camping is more enjoyable for the Scouts and the leaders.
Developing in our young men an appreciation for the Out doors is part of the job description of the Scoutmaster, well it’s not.. but it should be.
I have received some great tips and recipes. But I want more… hey, the more I get.. the more I get to try and better yet taste.
Back from a week at summer camp. The event of the year when everything comes together, a time to practice the patrol method. To live as a patrol, hanging out with friends, testing skills, learning new ones and just plain having fun.