There comes a point, often during Summer Camp, where you, as a Scout, realize that our camping trips are more than sleepover play dates in tents. You do lots of cool stuff and hang out with friends, but you’re also responsible for yourself. You need to be at the right place at the right time. You have to clean up your own messes. You keep track of your own stuff.
When you realize this, you have to decide if Scouting is for you. If you don’t like this twist on things, then you will likely find something else to do with your time.
However, if you get it, then you have just accepted one of the basic tenants of life – responsibility for yourself. Once you have that, you start looking at what the older Scouts do on our camping trips, making sure everyone is at the right place at the right time and cleans up his messes. In short, we grow your responsibility for yourself into responsibility for others, or something we like to call leadership.