Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 8 Feb 1996 to 9 Feb 1996
Merl Whitebook (MAWLAW@AOL.COM)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 10:01:36 -0500
We had a grand February Campout. The Weatherman cooperated and gave us clear
skies and 70 degrees, along with 15 mile winds.
We had 10 Webelos and 7 parents visiting and the Saturday went without a
problem. That was until about 3:00 p.m.
Then suddenly, FIRE... ...FIRE... ... Get anything that will carry
water!.... ... FIRE .... ....FIRE!!!
Without a plan, without a buddy, not knowing where anyone was, three Boy
Scout Troops consisting of a force in excess of 125 strong ran down the road
to attack a large out of control blazing grass fire which threatened our boy
After about an hour or carrying water from the two (not so) nearby water
spigots, and using every devise including, pots, pans, ice chest, water
bottles, towels, blankets, shovels and shirts the fire was contained and
finally extinguished. Fortunately there were NO injuries, all boys were
accounted for, and the fire was contained without injury to any campsite, and
about 5 acres of burned land.
All of the Scouts, Saturday did learn a lesson. We found out that the two
scouts who started the fire, were building a campfire outside of an
established fire ring. They either failed to follow the rules for building a
fire or never had the training. They had no protective rocks for a fire
ring, they did not clear a ten foot area, and what's worst, two of our
visiting parents had walked by and told them not to build the fire in that
location due to fire danger. Their answer: "Our Scoutmaster says it OK" (I
know their scoutmaster, and for sure, he never gave the OK)
At the end of the day after our campfire, we had a special period of
reflection, where we discussed why all the Boy Scouts rules are important;
our lack of planning when an emergency arose; that at a minimum, we should
have had a buddy system, and how we would handle an emergency in the future,
(something we usually forget to discuss until after the EMERGENCY is over.)
Obviously, this weekend, had a great impact upon all of the scouts who
attended the campout at Camp Keystone this weekend. It is the ONE CAMPOUT,
they will remember!
Indian Nations Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City