not all scouts are 'taken care of', in some of the troops I've worked with, quite a few of the kids were in tough spots financially and could not afford camping equipment...note: scouts are supposed to be getting away from large group camping scenarios (single kitchen set ups) and more into backpacking (individual or patrol size cooking, but w backpacking stoves & eqmt) whether they do or don't really depends upon the parents willingness or ability to cooperate.

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