Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: flaming arrows
Re: flaming arrows
Sun, 7 Feb 1999 01:17:13 PST
I want to Thank Andrew Wright Saywell <asaywell@IUPUI.EDU>
for his post reminding us all of the unpredictability of an fired arrow.
It also caused me to re-read my post about using sparklers.
I was remiss in not being more specific. I should have restated the fact
that this arrow was being fired into a night sky, out over a lake, and
NOT into a populated area.
This was done at Cannon Falls Scout Camp in Minnesota about 1986, as
part of a district camporee. The dramatic effect of seeing this arrow,
arcing as a "shooting star" over the lake, was quite impressive.
And yes, they did make sure that signs were posted regarding the event,
and the lake was covered by two local sheriff's's water patrol an hour
before, up to the time of the shot.
And yes, there were three known telephoned reports of a UFO at the
approximate time of the shoot.
>>From: Andrew Wright Saywell <asaywell@IUPUI.EDU>
>>Subject: Re: flaming arrows
>>Shooting arrows, flaming or not are dangerous especially when many
>>are around, to the best of my knowledge, shooting such things has been
>>banned by scouting, i thought it was in the guide to safe scouting, i
>>might be wrong, i had heard that a scout had been either injured or
>>by a flaming arrow...
>>The safest way to do this is to not do it at all...arrows can do funny
>>things, even to the most skilled archer. If i were a parent i would
>>want my son to be at any activity involving flaming arrows...
>>If arrows are slightly curved they are unpredictable, and obviously
>>not fly straight, and no arrow i have ever seen is perfect...weather
>>conditions must also be dealt with...there are too many uncertainties
>>involved with flaming or non-flaming arrows.
>>Just some of my thoughts
>>1998-1999 Archery Director
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