Re: Liquid fuels
Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Wed, 16 Aug 1995 08:40:42 -0400
> Use of liquid fuels seems to be regulated by the council. Although
> BSUSA has guidelines for liquid fuels, our council (Robert E. Lee, in
> the Richmond VA area) does NOT permit BOYS to use liquid fuel lanterns
> or stoves. Adults may use them, although their use is discouraged.
Does this apply only to council events/properties or to all troop
and patrol activities. Is propane considered a liquid fuel? (after
all, it is liquid when compressed.)
If it applies to all scout camping in your council, what do you do
on backpacking trips? In many of the areas where we hike, ground
fires are either prohibited or impractical because of lack of
dead wood on the ground. So we depend on backpacking stoves for
cooking. If the scouts cannot use the stoves, do the adults do
all the cooking?
I recognize the risks invovled with any chemical fuel and the need
for proper handling, but many of these same scouts are probably
putting gasoline in lawn mowers and using charcoal lighter at home.
Personally, I think that a better policy is to require adult supervision
and to establish regular training in the safe use of chemically
fueled stoves. How about the use of a "stove chit" program similar
to the Totin' Chit for knives?
Bob Haar (email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Asst. Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 188, Clinton Valley Council, Michigan
Chippewa Lodge #29, WWW
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