Re: Knife "games"
My Name (crenn@HPMPEA2.CUP.HP.COM)
Tue, 9 Nov 1993 10:01:34 PST
>From: George Huffman <HUFFMAN_GEORGE_W@LILLY.COM>
>Subject: Re: Knife "games"
>As a "game" after teaching woods tools skillls, I have had the Scouts attempt
>split a match stuck upright in a log. If hit squarely, the match will split and
>ignite. This was done in conjunction with safe woods tools handling and use.
George, Personal anecdote--
When I was a wee lad, and a boy scout, to boot, I played the game
you describe with a fellow scout at summer camp. After taking my turn
and just missing the match, I handed the ax to my partner, reached out to
straighten the match for him, and damn near lost my index finger when he
took his turn. The safe woods tools handling and use training is an
important part of this excercise. Also, I question the value of this
exercise if you're sitting on your hind end. Who really splits wood one
handed while sitting down?
By the by, my scout master managed to survive the subsequent
first aid exercise; I was allowed to stay the rest of the week at camp
(although, the family doctor was displeased when consulted later), the
injury healed with only a nasty two inch scar (no loss of functionality),
and Don won the game!
COR, Pack & Troop 390
San Jose, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City