Re: 2nd Class Hiking Requirement
Godbout, Marc (GodboutM@ANDOVERCONTROLS.COM)
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 10:04:19 -0400
I've always had a problem with the "map you've drawn" part. Nobody I
know who regularly go into the back country draws their own maps. And I
don't see it as a skill that's necessary nowadays. USGS topos are
accurate and readily available. I'd rather show a boy how to get
accurate information and how to use a copier or printer (for maps on CD
programs). Then trace their intended route (this *is* important) as
part of the planning of the hike.
I think the hand-drawn map is a throwback to the days before Xerox
changed our lives.
SM Troop 98
ASM Troop 412
> From: Johnson, Charles
> Reply To: Johnson, Charles E.
> Sent: Friday, September 05, 1997 12:17 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
> Subject: 2nd Class Hiking Requirement
> One of the Second Class requirements states:
> "Using a compass and a map you've drawn, take a 5-mile hike
> (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your
> parent or guardian."
> It seems to me that there is a catch-22 here. If a Scout hasn't
> taken the 5 mile hike then the only way he can draw a map of the
> area is to copy or trace an existing map. On the other hand, if he
> has taken the hike already, what is the purpose of drawing the
> map? I agree that using a compass, being able to draw a map,
> and hiking are all very important. I just don't see how all three
> can be combined effectively.
> How do you fulfill this requirement in your units?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City