Re: Camp Anecdotes?
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Sat, 19 Aug 1995 16:12:40 -0600
I don't want to discount the CONCEPT illustrated below, but when
improvising, one must be certain that the ersatz mode will not compromise
safety. The use of plastic bags and rubber bands described here could
become extremely dangerous:
The plastic bags do not permit venting of moisture that will build
up as the wearer sweats during physical activity. Socks will mitigate
this situation temporarily--but only if the person is able to retire from
the cold at appropriate intervals, change these socks, etc. Otherwise,
after the activity subsides and the body ceases producing increased
levels of heat, the wearer will end up with ice-caked pseudo-mittens,
potentially causing severe frostbite, freezer burn, gangrene.
The use of rubber bands or any other constriction device will
certainly exacerbate the situation by producing reducing blood flow
through the hands and feet. This can produce a desensitization of these
areas so that the wearer may not even be aware of how cold those body
parts are becoming.
Once again, I'm not knocking the idea of improvising. Good Scouts and
Leaders must be able to improvise constantly, IMO. However, when the
need to 'fake it' arises, due consideration includes not only finding a
means of accomplishing the immediate task at hand, but of continuing
after that immediate situation is resolved.
On Sat, 19 Aug 1995, <deleted> wrote:
> Lynn Whited related a story about a Scout who came to a winter campout
> unprepared (no boots or mittens). While I'm sure the Scout learned a
> valuable lesson about planning ahead and packing for camp, this would
> have also been an opportunity to teach improvisation (no, not comedy
> routines <g>). Two pairs of socks covered by plastic bags held up =over=
> the pants with rubber bands, then the shoes would have made a
> substitute for boots. A pair of socks covered by plastic bags and held
> on by rubber bands over the coat sleeves would have kept her hands warm.
> I'm fairly certain she would have agreed to the unsightly substitutes
> after seeing how much fun everyone else was having while she stood
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City