Re (2): Liquid fuels
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Thu, 17 Aug 1995 11:56:28 -0400
Bob & others -
Apparently I should have elaborated on the policy ...
In my SMF training from our district, I was taught that liquid fuels
(specifically gasoline, white gas, etc.) was prohibited for scouts.
Thus, I infer that this means for both council AND non-council events.
Thus Scouts ARE permitted to use propane stoves and lanterns. (We run
into the same problem that you do concerning cooking on open fires.)
We normally use two-burner Coleman & Primus stoves for this. Propane
is considered a safer fuel since the fuel can't spill out. (Of
course, if you don't have the stove fittings on tightly, you can have
a VERY DANGEROUS leak!)
I like your idea about a "stove chit" program. Seems that I saw
something to that effect on the web recently (I'll see if I can dig it
up). This would be especially useful if you're into serious
backpacking, where the lightest weight stoves burn some form of liquid
fuel. We're planning to eventually some obtain backpacking stoves so
that we can do some real backpacking-type cooking in fire-restricted
BTW, in our troop, each patrol has a battery fluorescent lantern.
This is a lot safer and can be carried into the tents safely.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City