Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Camping Clothing Question
Re: Camping Clothing Question
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 19:34:43 -0600
Absolutely. The expression "cotton kills" is true. Sweat pants and
blue jeans, once they get wet, will probably not dry out for the
duration of the campout, unless fire dried. Damp clothing acts as a
heat sink, and wearing damp clothing requires more energy from our
bodies just to maintain the status quo. It's like eating snow - only
for the outside, not the inside. Even the venerable Scout pants are
preferred to jeans or sweats. Better yet are wool pants, or fleece with
a wind proof outer shell. Tennis shoes fall into this same discussion.
Both the tennis shoes and the jeans/sweats will freeze overnight when
camping in very cold conditions. Good luck talking the youth out of
Murphy Peter wrote:
> This past weekend was out district winter camporee. Temperatures
> ranged from 30's to teens. My Scouts knew, but didn't always practice,
> the concept of proper layering. I did object to Scouts who wore
> jeans and sweat pants as outer day wear. I told them they should not
> be worn on campouts in spring, fall, or winter. I plan to speak to
> their parents about the dangers of wearing all cotton in cool and cold
> Am I over reacting?
> Alternative camping pants might be BDUs as discussed by others.
> How about polyester/cotton or polyester/wool Scout pants? They
> may not be stylish, but I think they'd be preferable to the all cotton
> pants for winter camping. Any comments.
> Peter Murphy