Re: Young Scouts and Stoves
Gary Sherwin (sherwin@SUNSHINE.PGH.WEC.COM)
Tue, 29 Aug 1995 05:41:58 EDT
It is amazing to me how the local councils have gummed up this issue.
There is no such regulation indicated in the literature that I have seen.
If you check out the current issue of Guide to Safe Scouting and the
Troop Fire Guard Plan, you will see that the requirements for chemical
fuel stove use are simple.
1. Not to be used in prohibited locations
A. NOT IN TENTS
B. Not on Council or BSA controled property where the
responsible trustee prohibits their use.
C. Not where otherwise prohibited by controller of property
2. Adult supervision required when fueling, lighting or using.
(NOTE it doesn't say transporting, cleaning, packing, etc.)
These are grossly paraphrased but you get the gist. The problem usualy
arrizes with 1.B. Many councils have adopted an irresponsible and
unenforceable total prohibition on thier use. They do not have the right to
do this except on council controled property which includes council and
district events. They may verbaly bully you, but as usual, local councils
have almost no control over what happens in a unit. In our council, such
a prohibition existed untill about 15 years ago when a certain "unnamed" ;->
Weblows Leader's Training Chairman included a session on proper use of
gasoline fueled stoves and lanterns and safe use of fuels in the course
sylabus. I hear ;-> that the same individual caused problems with the next
Council event, when he questionsed why council allowed the use of prohibited
Charcoal lighter fluid but not the use of permitted chemical stoves.
He was concerned that he would loose several boys from his troop due to
smoke alergies and threatened to take the issue of use of charcoal lighter
to national. I... oops The nameless one got them there! PROHIBITION LIFTED
ON STOVES AND LANTERNS PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUELS FOR STARTING FIRES ENACTED!
The funny part is, these stoves were always used by troops and post in our
council anyway in one of those discusting don't ask don't tell arrangements.
Do not except pronouncements from "on high" without documentation. They
are usualy local and even uninformed personal oppinions. If someone tells
you you MUST or MUST NOT then insist on printed documentation of the rule.
National ALWAYS puts it in print.
Yours in Scouting. Yours in Service. Westmoreland Fayette Council
I used to be an Eagle--Wood Badge NE-V-19-20 Eagle Scout Class of 1967
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