Tenderfoot poisonous plant requirement
Dean Hayes (dhayes@BVU-LADS.LORAL.COM)
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 09:55:55 -0700
I am having some problems understanding the following tenderfoot requirement:
10. Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.
The requirement doesn't state it, but everything in the handbook refers
to Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumack (Plants which are poisonous
on contact). I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years and
have never seen any of these three plants (I've heard of Poison Oak may
be found near the coast)
I looked at my two editions of The Boy Scout Handbook from the late 60s and
early 70s and the requirement was targeted directly to contact plants
such as Poison Ivy. (One book, it was a Second Class req., the other it was
part of the Hiking Skill award, I think I'm starting to date myself!)
Is this requirement only for the contact poisons? If so what's to be done
when they are not indiginous (sp?) to the local area?
Can other plants which are poisonous to consume be used to satisfy this
Perhaps someone in the Seattle area could point out locations where
Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumack can be found in the Cascade Mountains.
Dean Hayes - Asst. SM, Troop 491, Snoqualmie, WA
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