Liquid Fuel Firestarters
Dan O'Canna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Mon, 1 Sep 1997 11:27:10 -0400
This is from a guy who spent a good portion of his youth combining
model glue, Army men, model planes, firecrackers, and M-80's to provide
backyard entertainment for myself and my friends. If it caught fire
and/or blew up I probably used it at one time or another. I still
have both my eyes and untill a bike colision at the National Jamboree
all of my fingers were intact. (I'm healing nicely, thanks. Although,
my spelling seems to have been affected.)
The 1996 printing of the Guide to safe Scouting addresses the use
of liquid fuels to start fires. Secton VII paragraph one, entitled
"Chemical Fuels" ends with the following sentence. "The use of
liquid fuels for starting any type of fire is prohibited."
The typeface used is normal, not bold; so we can argue if that is
a BSA rule or not. The word "prohibited" seems pretty clear to me.
The final part of Section VII is entitled "Fireworks". It is in
bold and the first paragraph says:
"The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the securing, use, and
display of fireworks in conjunction with programs and activites
except where the fireworks display is conducted under the
auspices of a certified or licensed fireworks control expert."
That would seem to apply to items made at home from gun powder, naptha
or other materials as well as store bought. Dang rules!
It occurs to me that the problem being addressed is not so much that
adult Scouters are apt to create a dangerous sutuation starting a
council fire. Tho, some of the comments posted about loss of eyebrows
and such make me wonder. 8-) More to the point is the example we set
for the boys. The only real problems I'm aware of caused by using
flamible liquid to start fires has been when youth were used to
seeing adults use relatively safe materials (like comercial charcoal
starter) and figured that Coleman fuel was pretty much the same thing.
In one case the burns the Scout received were minor. In the other,
the boy (not a Scout) was not injured and the firemen were able to
stop the fire from spreading to any of the neighboring houses.
His home was a total loss.
BP said that the boys are always watching us. He never said how
much attention they are paying.
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City