Re: an item from rec.backcountry
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 17:47:01 -0600
Bob Washburn's comments were exactly on target.
We have policies for wilderenss use in the BSA, and if followed, a
backcountry crew should be in perfect synch with the leave no tracers.
Philmont does an excellent job of training for backcountry use. In past
years both Backpacker and Outside magazines have had feature articles on
Philmont and given it very high marks.
It is sad that a few troops can destroy the reputation for the rest of
us. Training is a great way to overcome this problem, but those guilty
are usually the ones that won't go to training.
Crew size is critical. In our troop we limit the size of our groups and
will divide into two crews if we have more than 10 people in a wilderness
activity. In my view, if you take a large group into the wilderness, it
ceases to be a wilderness experience. You've brought civilization with
YIS, Cliff Golden; Scoutmaster Troop 33 DeKalb, IL
Three Fires Council BSA http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/9857/
On Fri, 19 Dec 1997, Bob Washburn wrote:
> This is a very real perception. Scout bashing appears occasionally
> (regularly?) in the rec.backpacking newsgroup. A significant number of the
> users of that newsgroup are "leave no trace" purists. That should not be
> taken as a negative comment. It is an ethic they some believe in and
> practice. It is an ethic that while in the Scout manual is frequently not
> followed by Scout groups either through indifference or more frequently
> lack of training.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City