Re: Nightlights for campers
J/C Porter (jcporter@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 18:54:17 -0500
Milt Forsberg wrote regarding breaking open the chemical nightsticks:
I am not sure how toxic the material is, but I am concerned.
> We have seen this happen - so far no one has been sick from it. I am not
> sure if we have a potential problem or not.
Surely we have a chemist who can answer this question. One of our boys
did this and splashed everyone else with the stuff. One boy had on his
uniform. It made a big greasy spot that was still there a year later.
It may be there yet, but he moved to Norway, so I can't check.
Regarding the nightlight for the camper that awakens with nightmares.
A chemical stick may not shed enough light for him to get oriented. I'd
recommend one of those small flashlights that can shine like a
flashlight or, by extending it, shine like a lantern. Eveready makes
one and I believe there is a Sears brand. If you can't find one of
those, use an ordinary flashlight. Leave it on all night. It's worth
running through a few batteries to avoid having a boy wake up and become
so frightened that he doesn't ever want to camp again.
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