Insect Collecting And Scouts
Steve Poole (sdpoole@WINTERNET.COM)
Sat, 2 Sep 1995 23:06:51 -0500
First of all, I must appologize to you. I misplaced the original post
on this subject. Second I have been slow in posting my thoughts.
To refresh everyone's memories, a den leader had a hard time having the
boys collect and kill insects to meet one of the scouting requirements. The
solution proposed was to have the boys draw the insect instead.
I am a den leader of a Bear den. I too have a problem with the insect
collecting requirement. Mine attitude is not so much a religious belief as
it is a general respect for life and a reluctance to take any life (animal
or plant) unless it is necessary.
I have come up with two solutions to the dilema. The first is to have
the boys collect bugs from car radiators. There is a multitude of things
there and they are already dead. At least they will serve another purpose
with their death.
The other solution is a trick I learned from a photographer. You do
have to catch the insects but then, you put them in a cooler with ice in it.
The cool temperature makes the insects very sluggish (nearly immobile). You
then take a picture of them with a camera (or video). It helps to have a
good camera that can take real closeup shots.
You have to work quickly because as soon as the insects start to warm
up, they will fly or crawl off.
Hope this helps someone else out there
Steve Poole Den 1 Pack 445 Indianhead Council Eagan, Mn.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City