Jeff Butts (koala@KHARDUIN.NET)
Sun, 19 Jul 1998 00:42:41 -0600
I've been reading the discussion regarding trenching, and I've been
seeing the population of the list pretty well divided as to whether
or not the practice of trenching a tent is a good practice or not.
Recently, I noticed someone asking where "Leave No Trace" was
written as Boy Scout policy.
In answer to that, I ask you to look to the Scout Law. Does the
Scout Law for BSA not include in it somewhere that a "Scout is wise
in the use of his resources?" I know that in the Scout Law within
Scouts Canada, this is a key part of the Law.
What this means is that any damage to the environment would be
considered unwise use of the Scout's resources. By digging
trenches, removing live limbs from trees, removing rocks from the
area you are at as "souvenirs", etc.: all of these things are
damaging to the environment, hence they are unwise uses of the
So, the BSA's "Leave No Trace" phrase is in the same vein that we
have in Canada. Our motto for hiking and camping is "Take only
pictures, leave only footprints." We leave behind no trenches, our
ashes are scattered. The only holes we dig are for bathroom
purposes, and these holes are filled back in when we are finished.
Just my two cents worth...in my opinion, digging trenches for tents
is a bad idea, and it is unwise use of the resources that the Scouts
Kirk 56th Scout Troop
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