golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 12:05:34 -0500
In our district we require troops to provide "adequate" fire protection.
That can mean centrally located fire extishguishers, small buckets for
each tent, large buckets for every two tents. I have seen at some summer
camps where they supply a 55 gallon drum filled with water and a couple
of smaller buckets. That is how Philmont's tent city at base camp is
handled. I don't think there is only "one" official way to address fire
As for the ax yard, I have seen it handled various ways; wood tools stored
away from ax yard when not in use, sheathed in yard, or heads buried
in stump in yard. As long as it's safe and it works.
Our camporee campsite inspections are usually conducted by the SPLs. That
way they get to see every troop's campsite and see how they compare. It's
a great way for them to meet each other and share ideas. Scoutmasters
don't complain about scores because they know it's from the boys. I like the
system even though the boys usually grade tougher than the commissioners
ever did. They do a good job.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33
On Thu, 28 Sep 1995, Robert Sharek wrote:
> Hi, all.
> I am the Adult Chief of our Fall Camporee in October. A troop leader
> called me and asked about two things that I included in my Camporee book
> about inspections.
> First, someone told him that the NEW rule about fire buckets is that
> there should be one for each tent put in a central place, all together.
> This makes sure that the scout actually leaves the tent in case of fire!?
> Second, an appropriate axe yard should be located in your campsite. Does
> there HAVE to be an axe &/or bow saw present, displayed properly? This
> leader believes that he should sheath the tools and place them in an
> adult tent so a younger scout wont accidentally use the equipment, even
> in the yard. If no equipment in yard, should points be deducted?
> Two interesting topics, especially the fire bucket deal. Thanks for your
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City