Re: Young Scouts and Stoves
Gary Sherwin (sherwin@SUNSHINE.PGH.WEC.COM)
Mon, 28 Aug 1995 07:59:43 EDT
Although your experience may be diametricaly different from mine, I have not
experinced a lack of responsibility in the proper use of either gas or
propane stoves by FIRST YEAR SCOUTS or for that matter, any scout or leader
in our troop. THE KEY IS PROPER TRAINING AND ENFORECMENT AND EXAMPLE-WITHOUT-
EXCEPTIONS. Safe operations require knowledge and supervision whether we are
talking about appliances, mountaineering, water activities .................
We have found that the stoves allow us more choices when we are on the trail.
Sometimes we have HOT soup or BLTs (we could have cooked the backon ahead, but
it isn't as good that way) for our lunch as a change of pace.
As for weight, Yes stoves and fuel weigh something and require human energy to
transport along the trail but so do clean clothes and socks and a camera.
Personaly, I would rather reduce my load by skimping on shirts and pants than
do without the convenience of a gas stove or the memory preservation camera.
By the way, anything I say about backpacking should be taken with more than a
grain of salt, since I am ceritfiably insane when it comes to backpacking.
The scouts in my troop joke that I carry everything, including the kitchen
sink! If it doesn't weigh 70 to 80 pounds, it isn't Gary's pack.
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