Is parent participation camping normal? in Camping & High Adventure Posted September 22, 2008 Worst case scenario with 18y/o drivers, If you only have three drivers, and one is 18, have his vehicle sandwiched between the other two vehicles. That way he knows he has someone in from and behind watching him. Then we have the opposite situation where the parents say it is alright for an 18y/o ASM to drive their kids around when you have an issue with his driving. This I have a real problem with. When I was a young one, I switched Troops. The first campout was about an hour to an hour and a half away. I got to ride with some of the older scouts awith one of the 18 y/o brothers driving. This was in the early 70's. I don't remember if he was an ASM or just a troop member that aged out. We made it in 40 minutes, flying along between 90 and 100 MPH. The meeting place was at a ice cream stand. The adults approached me and asked how fast he was going. All I said was that sionce I was in the back seat, I couldn't be suere, but that we had been at the stand for about 25 minutes before they arrived. Needless to say, he wasn't driving after that. In the 70's, I do not remember parents coming along other then the leaders. The Troop I'm involved with now, a few yaers back when we had a decent amount of boys, I do not remember parents coming to camp, unless they were involved in the committee.