Judy Harcus (sfryer@COC.POWELL-RIVER.BC.CA)
Thu, 2 Nov 1995 10:37:19 -0800
I would like to get my troop involved in doing pioneering projects, however
we have no pioneering poles readily available and I'd rather not cut some
each time we want to use them, and most 'deadwood' is too rotten to use
safely. I live in a forested rural area and there are a number of areas
where I can get permission to do some selective "thinning" without
endangering the ecology. Therefore, I plan to cut down, peel and dry our
own poles which we can reuse. I was wondering if anyone had any advice to
offer me on this project:
1) What trees are best? In our area (the west coast of British Columbia,
Canada), the greatest abundance is red alder, western hemlock, western red
cedar, and douglas fir. Other trees would be harder to locate in sufficient
quantity, or sufficiently straight ones. I would be interested in knowing
the good and bad points of using each of these types (especially the alder
as I know of a good source for pole-sized trees).
2) What size of poles do you find best (both length and diameter) and how
many of each size do you feel would provide an adaquate stock for a troop of
12 to be able to build of items from camp gadgets to towers?
3) Do you have any words of wisdom that I should heed in creating these poles?
Thanks for you help.
Judy Harcus, Troop Scouter, 1st Powell River Scouts
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City