Re: Youth and Stoves
Robert M. Lewis (EagleNo50@AOL.COM)
Mon, 28 Aug 1995 21:53:21 -0400
From my own experience, in general the young scouts, ie. under 13, should
not own a backpacking stove but they should be taught how to operate one or
several. Yes I did say that. This is for several reasons.
1) They are not mature enough to safely handle the responsibility that goes
with "white gas". I have seen many scouts of all ages play with this fuel
and nearly burn themselves or the surrouning area severly. (Yes I too have
played with the fuel and nearly burnt myself and I have since learned my
2) They don't need one. For most backpacking trips the older scouts and
leaders should have enough stoves to cover the troop for the trip. The youth
can carry the fuel as long as it is collected at the end of the day. They
probably won't because they most likely have packed about 50% of their weight
before the shakedown which reduced it to over 30%. ( the young scouts can
usually carry 20-25% of their weight on an average trip)
3) The money could be better spent on other camping items. The average stove
that the scout gets is the Peak1 single fuel. This runs in the $60 range.
If they get a better stove like the Peak1 Multifuel or my favorite the XGK
II, they will be spending $80 or more. This money could be better spent by
them on camping gear that they really need ie. sleeping bag, pack, tent ( if
the troop doesn't provide tents)...
That is my arguement against young scouts owning backpacking stoves. The
Butane and Propane stoves are cheeper and safer, but, IMHO, they are to bulky
nad heavy for use while backpacking.
Robert M. Lewis
Eagle Class of '95
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City