Re: Scouts in the news //camping
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Mon, 25 Mar 1996 16:45:48 -0500
In a message dated 96-03-22 13:03:14 EST, you write:
>Gail Branum wrote:
>>more strongly than they are now. Cooking in a dutch oven doesn't just come
>>naturally. Neither does pitching a tent, rolling a sleeping bag, nor
>>building a fire.
John Pannell responded:
>At the risk of receiving stinging criticsim, I'll make a brief comment.
>If as a result of cultural ideals from past ages today's GSUSA leaders do
>not feel confortable camping, I dare to suggest this is a perfect reason to
>encourage and welcome more *male* leaders into the program!
I liked camping, but didn't love it, until after my first year as a junior
officer in Utah National Parks Council. The training headed by Dick Bolton
(now of Salem, Oregon) drilled in most of the tricks necessary to make
camping truly enjoyable. After a stint at Conservation TC at Philmont, I
spent most of the next eight summers out of doors.
Camping is a craft that must be learned. My wife comes from a family that
did not camp, but when we were in college most of our contemporaries camped
constantly. She is a raging camper (though not so primitive as I would
Camping is incredible when you're comfortable, well fed, clean and dry.
Getting those conditions is simply how well one practices the craft. The
craft is not genetic, it can be learned by anyone. Great camping gear is
available in most places now, and the only excuse seems to be "don't know
how." Get some books. Find a camper to teach you. And then just do it!
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City