Re: sheath knives
My Name (crenn@HPMPEA2.CUP.HP.COM)
Fri, 24 Sep 1993 14:11:22 PDT
Subject: sheath knives
>After the sheath knife discussion, you may be interested to know
>that one of our Scouts found an old sheath (non-folding) knife
>this summer, while on a canoe trek on Cranberry Lake in the Adirondack
>Mountains of New York, which carried an (old) official BSA logo.
>So, apparently at one time sheath knives were endorsed by BSA.
I know the one you mean. Despite my posting about risk
management and easing the boys into risks.....
My absolute favorite scouting memory is of the official
BSA sheath knife and ax my brother and I recieved for Chrismas
back in 1964. It was gorgeous, with alternating light and dark
bands of leather around the handle, sharp (after hours of loving
work), and had just the right "heft" to do the job. I have to
admit that I succumbed to the temptation to throw the knife a
time or two. But, we learn through experience. I don't do that
Of course, that was a simpler, less litigious, age. When
I managed to practically lose my index finger playing a "light the
match with an ax stroke" game with another scout, there was no
law suit or blame-placing. I took responsibilty for my own
stupidity. Even when the doctor blasted me the following week
for not coming down the hill from scout camp immediately to seek
treatment, I felt I made the decisions, I bore the responsibility.
The finger healed with a nasty scar. It was my right hand and I'm
left handed. So, what was the big deal?
Santa Clara County Council, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City