Re: rec.backcountry thread
Keith Wood (kwood@CJNETWORKS.COM)
Tue, 23 Dec 1997 10:30:53 -0500
Cliff Golden's comments struck a chord with me. He commented "it is sad
that a few troops can destroy the reputation for the rest of us." Back
country repairs, or even local repairs of trails and camp areas can be a
wonderful opportunity to create teh positive image and improve the
reputation. A couple of years ago our troop, in preparation for Phi lmont,
did a five mile hike, then spent the rest of the day cleaning up a public
"wilderness" camping area used more often by college kids as a place to
drink beer around the campfire.
We hauled out a small mountain of trash - about the size of a VW beetle,
trimmed off multilated tree stumps - often cut three or four feet of the
ground, broke down can covered poorly placed campfire rings, and work like
that. We earned the thanks and respect of the park rangers and got a nice
little write up in the local paper. And, the kids got their extra hours to
complete the conservation part of their 50 miler award.
We can, and should, do everything we cna to build the image of Scouting
both in the community and in the back country. We are a lot better
organization that we get credit for, so let's do what we can to get the
credit we are due.
OK, now I'll get down off the soapbox....
High Adventure Advisor, T-59 & E-2159
"and a good old Bobwhite too."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City