In my troop you're behavior would be mostly OK.
I have taken weight from Scouts who were unable to keep up and given it to Scouts who were unable to slow down and stay with the troop. That's part of being part of a group (not to mention being helpful & courteous)
I'd be encouraging you to cook with someone to save weight and to teach them how to go lighter. I let my Scouts work out those arrangements on their own because I think that leads to learning experiences that make Scouting worthwhile. Other troops work much differently.
How did you learn to go so light? Are there any lessons there that you can use to teach others?
I'm not clear on what position your dad has with the troop; that could complicate things for you.
You basically have 3 choices:
- get with the program
- find a program you like
- change the program you're in
I recommend trying to change the troop first. I guarantee that you'll learn a lot. It's a great way to learn about leadership. It's also the hardest, the most rewarding, and the most work.
If you read some Scoutmaster's questions on this site and others about how to get their troops to go lighter you should get some ideas and you can discuss your challenges with them. The have the same problems that you'll face - believe it or not the difficulties are almost the same for you as for those Scoutmasters.
One site, really more of a mailing list is Scouts-L, http://scouts-l.org/ there are a lot of adults there who would love to mentor you in solving this issue.
You haven't given enough information for me to really help you form much of a plan.
A successful plan might involve identifying the appropriate adults and Scouts and building support with them. A lot depends on your personality and the other personalities involved. Is there an adult in the troop that you can approach for help and advice in changing the troop's culture? Someone you can go to and say "Mr. X I want to teach our troop how to backpack better."?
Here's a 3 part plan: build awareness, teach techniques, and practice the techniques.
This part never ends.
In my troop I've developed a culture of gentle teasing about the amount of weight people carry. We jokingly try to talk each other into carrying weight for us. Try to make the macho, stud thing being able to go with the least weight not the most weight.
I point out how much lighter some of my gear is compared to their gear. Some of my adults haven't lightened up much, they like their MSR Reactors and Jet Boils but they don't bring camp chairs anymore either. Progress is progress.
I frequently point out that instead of buying Nalgene bottles, people should go the local grocery store and buy a bottle of water. It costs 89 cents instead of 8 dollars, it weighs next to nothing and it comes filled with free water. :-) And when it gets grungy, throw it away and spend another 89 cents for new one.
Your Scoutmaster can create leadership positions from thin air. If you go to him with a plan, there is no reason you couldn't have a leadership position like "Legend of Lightitude" or "Gossamer Ghost" or something else that catches your fancy.
Awards and competition can be ways to motivate Scouts. Maybe beads of different colors on a safety pin for going backpacking with a pack below some weight. 30 lbs gets a black bead, 28 lbs gets a brown bead, ... 10 pounds a gold bead. Publicly recognize people who make progress.
Teaching the Techniques:
You might show the contents of your pack compared to someone else's at a troop meeting and let people feel the difference.
You might break out some scales and show folks how much difference there is in sleep systems at one troop meeting, clothing systems at another, & etc.
For example, at one meeting we went outside during the winter when it was in the 40's or 50's (OK so we don't get cold weather here) and demonstrated how well wet cotton, wet fleece wet wool, and wet polypropylene insulated. It was memorable and instructional. You need to try to create similar demonstrations - Scouts lose attention quickly if you spend too much time talking.
You might talk about the three piles techniques or help some Scout (or even your Scoutmaster, Scouts love to see authority figures instructed. It's also a chance for your Scoutmaster to be a good example of learning) go through his pack in front of the troop after a trip and make 3 piles: Stuff they used everyday, stuff they used occassionally, and stuff they didn't use. Be theatric so your troop pays attention. Extra points if you work some of it out before hand, like a skit.
The occasionally used stuff and the unused stuff should be looked at carefully with an eye to leaving it home next time. You can point out alternatives to save weight.
My troop got Ryan Jordan to go on a hike with us several years ago. We paid his way and his hotel and gave him an honorarium. Ryan has a lot of experience working with Scouts and Scout troops. It was helpful in getting my troop to think about the weight they carry. Check out the Scouting link from the backpacking Light home page.
You could contact Ryan and work with your Scoutmaster, SPL, and troop committee to see if you can get make such an outing happen. We did it as a YLT outing
Can you get some competition between patrols? Some sort of award for being the patrol carrying the smallest fraction of their body weight?
Maybe you could teach the troop how to do tarp shelters. This could be preparation for a tarp-shelters-only outing or two. If you were to get really involved with the planning and execution of those outings, in most troops your enthusiasm would carry the day and everyone will be happy to let you do it.
After you do a tarp shelters only outing then you could do another outing like maybe a survival outing. Some troops have an outing where everything you bring has to fit into a 5 gallon bucket. There could be some sort of award for doing it with only stuff that fits in a 3 gallon bucket.
Once you've got the tarp shelters down, figure out what the next thing to work on is and figure out a plan to teach techniques to handle it.
Practice the techniques
Agitating for some longer, tougher hikes is also a way to get lightweight out of your troop's heads and into their packs - as Ryan once told me. Say a hundred-mile, 7 day trip somewhere in the wilderness might be a good starting point. A trip like that would require some practice trips. If you organized a trip like that, you'd be in a great position to do some teaching.
For example, my troop is going to Philmont in a few weeks. Philmont isn't really about backpacking, IMO, but preparing for Philmont allowed me to slip in a moderate difficulty preparation trip in the fall( a 5 mile day, a 15 mile day, and a 3 mile day) and a really tough 40 miler over the Memorial Day weekend. Having some sort of goal to work toward can be a reason for people to change.
One long day on the tough trip was designated as stove-less. That's because I wanted my guys to work on getting up and getting going in the morning. The fact that they now know how to go a little lighter is just a side benefit.
Trading packs with someone who is carrying too much for a while can help get the point across, especially if you're doing some miles and the person is really tired. I occassionally lend out my hiking sticks for that reason.