Gregory Benesh (BENESHG@BAYLOR.EDU)
Wed, 8 Oct 1997 13:21:29 -0500
Four years ago our council banned the use of liquid fuel at our council
camp. It also banned the use of liquid fuel for ALL COUNCIL UNITS.
That means that all of us who have been to Philmont for a trek in the
last four years have violated council policy by using liquid fuel. (It
sure would be tough backpacking in enough propane canisters for 10 days!)
I would like our Executive Board to reconsider the policy. I have a
copy of the current "Chemical Fuels" section of the Guide to Safe
Scouting (1997)--in which BSA treats liquid fuels and propane on a
more-or-less equal footing.
What I would like to present to the Board is relevant safety information
concerning liquid fuels vs. propane. Does anyone know where I may
obtain this information? Have there been a rash of liquid fuel lawsuits
that would cause the ban to make sense? I haven't heard of any. I have
already phoned Coleman and REI. I am awaiting a return call from MSR.
So far, Coleman has told me that there is no difference from a safety
standpoint--but they have no research to back it up.
Any help you could give on the subject would be appreciated.
Yours in Scouting,
Heart O'Texas Council, Waco, TX
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City