Michael Derleth (michael_derleth@ELI.NET)
Fri, 19 Dec 1997 08:18:11 -0800
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> --Would you be sure to leave *all* hatchets, axes, and
>saws behind? I know there is ample wood up there that
>doesn't need to be cut. I have traveled extensively in
>the boundary waters and am tired of seeing choped up
>trees, something the scouts are notorious for...
>Is this a common perception of Boy Scout outdoor ethics?
>If so why? If not, why do we get the bad press?
When I first read this, Rich, I bristled because I know of
no unit that does not "leave an area better than we found it"
however I know those units exist. I have seen units at
camporees, summer camps, and regional events like the Galena
(IL) Pilgrimage do unconscionable things.
Instead of getting into an argument with the individual
above, I would prefer to invite him to camp with our unit,
as a Parent might. Perhaps then, he could see that not
-all- units pillage, maim and plunder. Perhaps instead of
believing what he's heard he could believe what he's seen.
Even with a flashy National campaign, the battle is won a
single person at a time.
You may just have given me next week's Scoutmaster's
Minute. When BP suggested we must constantly be on-guard
as we're always being "snapshotted" he was also, apparently
talking about relations with the public. Something to think
about whenever our units travel. . .
Michael Derleth MDerleth@ELI.NET
ASM T14 Vancouver, WA Eagle Scout Staffer SR-177
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