Backpacking Lighter The Scoutmaster Perspective Feb 25, 2012 Capitol Area Council Austin, TX
Scoutmaster Perspective <ul><li>Sam Francis, Scoutmaster Troop 990, Austin, Texas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 Summer Philmont ...
Scoutmaster Perspective <ul><li>Pat Rabun, Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 326, Fort Worth, Texas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Summ...
Scoutmaster Perspective <ul><li>Why go lightweight? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hiking and backpacking = core elements of Scouti...
Why? … High Adventure
Challenges <ul><li>Age/physical differences </li></ul><ul><li>Physical growth and numerous gear purchases </li></ul><ul><l...
Challenges <ul><li>Shifting the mindset </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate preparation  </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li...
Implementation Ideas <ul><li>Step by step; inch by inch; a little bit at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Gear checklist; multiple...
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A discussion of the challenges of building a backpacking program in a troop and implementing a lightweight backpacking philosophy.

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Backpacking Lighter: The Scoutmaster Perspective

  1. 1. Backpacking Lighter The Scoutmaster Perspective Feb 25, 2012 Capitol Area Council Austin, TX
  2. 2. Scoutmaster Perspective <ul><li>Sam Francis, Scoutmaster Troop 990, Austin, Texas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 Summer Philmont Treks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Philmont Winter Adventure </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Scoutmaster Perspective <ul><li>Pat Rabun, Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 326, Fort Worth, Texas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Summer Philmont Treks (with another in 2012) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Scoutmaster Perspective <ul><li>Why go lightweight? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hiking and backpacking = core elements of Scouting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build experience and knowledge for future high adventure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More fun! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why? … High Adventure
  6. 6. Challenges <ul><li>Age/physical differences </li></ul><ul><li>Physical growth and numerous gear purchases </li></ul><ul><li>Maturity, experience, ability to take care of gear </li></ul>
  7. 7. Challenges <ul><li>Shifting the mindset </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Competition with other Scouting events </li></ul>
  8. 8. Implementation Ideas <ul><li>Step by step; inch by inch; a little bit at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Gear checklist; multiple skill levels; training </li></ul><ul><li>Group purchases </li></ul><ul><li>Hiking MB </li></ul><ul><li>Priority hit list: what to buy first </li></ul>
  9. 9. Questions and Discussion

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