An unshod Indian pony spends it's whole life without shoes. They are used to it even in rough terrain. Yet a horse that's lost it's shoe doesn't go very far without finally going lame. It simply isn't used to being unshod. A hiker that is used to wearing sandals, except to mow the lawn is not the same as some scout who spends 67% of his day wearing untied sneakers comes from a different world. As I sit here typing, I am wearing loafers with no socks. A bit reminiscent of the '60's era. We all have our own style. But when it comes to doing an activity different than what one normally does, it might require a bit of going off the normal comfort zone to handle the situation.
This brings me to the point where I must ask, why aren't sandals worn while mowing the lawn? Surely there's a safety factor being added to the not-normal situation of operating a power mower.
Scouts spend most of their days either in school walking on hard, but level, smooth surfaces. Same for at home. There's a comfort zone normalized for them under these circumstances. But take that boy outdoors, onto some campsite or mountainous trail and what is considered normal is not there anymore. Not only are the risks greater, the challenge of walking on surfaces that are not normally encountered makes the effort far more challenging.
All I hope, whether it's a rule or not, is that Scouters take into consideration the increased risk associated with encountering an environment that is not normally a part of the scout's experience. Whether it be shoes/boots, sleeping bags, clothing, or even diet, certain adjustments need to be made to insure the boy has a successful adventure.
Edited by Stosh, 20 May 2017 - 02:11 PM.