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Camping is what Scouting is all about. Please take a few moments to read about the roles adults play in the outing experience.

Boy Scout camping is very different than Cub Scout camping. Adults play a role as a observer and safety officer. Adults generally do not get involved in troop operations. Parents are always welcome to attend our campouts, but we ask that you adhere to the rules set forth in this document.

Scout Leadership

Boy Scout troops operate with the premise that the Scouts are responsible for the leadership and discipline of the Troop at all times. Scouts are grouped into patrols of 6-8 boys and they are led by their elected Patrol Leader. The Troop is led by the Senior Patrol Leader who works with the Patrol Leaders to maintain order and discipline. The boy leadership has authority and responsibility for the Scouts in his Patrol and Troop.

Parents on a campout should not interfere with the function of youth leadership. As parents, we have the temptation to step in and take control of a situation, but this runs counter to the purpose and process of the campout experience. It is important that adults get involved in patrol activities such as site selection, tent pitching, meal preparation, and anything else where boys get to practice decision-making.

If there is no immediate risk to safety or if the mistake will not result in the immediate destruction of property, don't step in. Instead please bring your concerns to a registered adult leader. The Troop's Adult Leadership is trained to take appropriate action according to official BSA guidelines.

Scout Growth

'Never do anything for a Scout that he can do for himself!'

Many parents on campouts with their Scout will want to do things for their Scout or prevent them from making mistakes. We understand it can be hard as a parent to NOT do for your son, even if you know your son is making a mistake, but your Scout needs the freedom, without a parent safety net in place, to gain confidence in their decision making skills and to foster their team building skills.

Remember that there is boy leadership in place on campouts. If your son is coming to you for guidance or help, please redirect him to his Patrol Leader or the Senior Patrol Leader. your role on a campout is to be an observer.

Scouting Tenting and Meals

Scouts tent with the Troop in their Patrol site. Patrols plan their own menus, cook and eat together as a team without adult intervention. Scouts tent with each other in 2-3 man tents. Scouts perform basic duties like KP, cooking, fireman, and water duty. These jobs teach responsibility.

Adult Tenting and Meals

Adults tent in a separate area and cook meals separately from the Scouts. Scouts are not allowed to freely enter the Adult tent area. Parents are expected to participate in the adult Patrol duties.

BSA Youth Protection Guidelines forbids any adult from tenting with a youth member. Even though there is an exception for parents and scouts, Troop policy is that Scouts tent with Scouts and adults tent in the adult area.

An Advisory Role

Adults operate as advisors for the Troop's Boy Leadership.

Adult Behaviors

The following rules are in place to maintain the ideals and standards of the Scouting movement and for the protection and safety of our youth. If you fail to follow the rules below, you will be asked to leave the event or outing.

Tobacco Use

Adults may not use any tobacco product around Scouts at anytime. If you use tobacco products, please use in a discreet manner away and out of sight from Scouts. Please dispose of tobacco products appropriately.

Alcohol Use

Adults may not consume alcohol or use illicit drugs at anytime during the campout.

Inappropriate Behavior

Any behavior or choice that does not keep with the BSA guidelines for youth protection and safety policies.

parent/what_adult_leaders_do_on_outings.txt · Last modified: 2015/11/10 03:52 by Jack W. Parks