Re: Tenderfoot poisonous plant requirement
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 3 Jun 1995 01:03:50 -0400
You do have poison ivy/oak in your area. While it may be hard to find on
the Western slopes of the Cascades, it seems to be abundant on the Olympic
Penisula. In 1977-80 I used to visit Habobis Scout Reservation (Mt.
Rainier Area Council) once a week as part of my commissioner duties and I
can tell you that it was there. I got the itch!! Similarly, I remember
seeing some at Camp Kitsap which served the Chief Seattle Council. I also
remember a botanical garden somewhere in Tacoma that had the offending
plant on display.
Because it is more difficult, but not impossible, to find, you are
presented with a great opportunity, if you want to look at it that way.
I think its a great idea to help them learn about other poisonous plants
(other than contact), but it also may prompt your Troop to take a trip to
the other side of the Sound and promote a little bit of adventure.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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