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small troop - wide variety of ability & interest?

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we have a small troop - 18 - 20 boys. Mostly 12 - 13, some 14. 2- 11's, 2- 16's.

 

they have a wide range of ability and interests, some like long, strenuous activities, some like hiking and biking, but want shorter trips. some want to "go & see" museums, history stuff, spend a night on a sub, that kind of stuff. others think that's boring and want high adventure hiking, biking, climbng trips.

 

How do you accomodate a variety of interests without watering it down too much for the high adventure group, or making it too much of a marathon for the low-key ones?

 

We really don't have the adults to do totally different, multiple outings in a month.

 

any suggestions?

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It is perfectly reasonable and acceptable for Scouts to do things without adults. If three or four boys want to go to a musuem, let them go. They might have to take public transportation but that's part of the experience. There's really no need for adults to tag along on every excursion.

 

 

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Yaworski is right

 

Nothing wrong with patrol outings, in fact encourage them. Follow the rules and the scouts dont need an adult, the kids might just learn something.

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Combine activities. Hike to an historical landmark, bike to a museum, canoe a river and have some scouts prepare a report on the historical importance of the route or surrounding area.

 

Bob White

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