When Dino Riding was Scouting!
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 17 Feb 1994 20:36:30 CST
Jim Sleezer asked when was the requirement on the books to require a
Scout to explain how to stop a runaway *dinosaur* (of course, if you
haven't been following this string, focusing on the applicability of the '
"old" requirements, you would NOT have known that what we've meant by
"dinosaur" was "horse".
Well...the earliest reference to this I've found was in the first Scout
Handbook (which I have one of those anniversary copies of, NOT one of the
original ones...HEY! I'm not THAT old (even though the greg is showing
more and more through the black thinning hair!) eheheheheh).
As part of the requirements for the "advanced first aid" part of the
First Class Requirements...here's what the book says...:
5. Advanced first aid: Know the methods for panic prevention; what to do
in case of fire and ice, electric and gas accidents; *** how to help in
case of runaway horse ***, mad dog, or snake bite; treatment for dislocations,
unconsiousness, poisoning, fainting, apoplexy, sunstroke, heat exhaustion,
and freezing; know treatment for sunburn, ivy poisoining, bites and stings,
nosebleed, earache, toothache, infammation or grit in eye, cramp or stomach
ache and chills; demostrate artificial respiration.
(this is from the Handbook for Boys, First Printing (as reprinted by the BSA
in 1976) 1911.)
This is the SAME book that had other requirements for "cave Scouts" (hehee)
like.....judge distance, size, number, height, and weight within 25 percent
(I would LOVE to see Scouts today do this, WITHOUT the aid of the calculator,
(oops)...etc...); use properly an axe for felling or trimming light timber;
or (this is the part I like...) produce an article of carpentry or
cabinet-making or metal work made by himself. Explain the method followed.
Yeah, right! I would want to see those "articles of carpentry or
cabinet-making...." done by Scouts TODAY (I KNOW for a fact that there were
several really NICE cabinets and bookcases, including some that I'm keeping
my eye on....because they were GREAT!).
Oh well....I guess we can only hope that they take wood shop and learn to
make one of those rifle racks, right??
Mike L. Walton
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City