This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
The camping plans for rural Sea Scouts, Explorer Patrols or Troops, and Rover Crews follow the same formula as outlined for other rural Scout groups. The rural Sea Scout Patrols, Explorer Patrols and small Rover Crews can be served through the approach outlined above for the Neighborhood Patrols. The Lone Explorer Scout, whether with "Friend and Counselor" or in a Tribe, and the Lone Rover can have camping brought to them in the same way as the Lone Scouts. The principle difference would be that the rural Senior Scouts are prepared for and appealed to by more advanced explorations and adventures than those planned for younger Scouts. In addition they may be asked to assume more responsibility for such explorations.
In addition to the problem of so planning camping activities that they gear smoothly into seasonal farm work and chores, there are other differences which must be respected. A boy who has walked a mile to herd the cows, or who has followed the plow or harrow many trips across a field or who hikes a mile or so to school daily, may not be as enthusiastic about a long hike as a town boy whose daily routine has relatively little walking in it. Also the outdoor air is less of a need or novelty to one who has done early and late chores in it than it is to an apartment dweller.
It is essential then to plan the camping activities of the rural boys to be more on a restful basis, a "vacation" basis to balance against the very active life they lead at other times on the farms of America. This means that activities planned should be less strenuous and more recreational in nature. This may mean more games, more discussions, more electives, and less long hiking. After all, camping is to be enjoyed by the camper, else it loses its appeal and therefore its chance to influence the camper for better citizenship.
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