Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Finding north question and wandering North Star
Finding north question and wandering North Star
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 07:04:40 -0400
On a campout this weekend, we were working with some Scouts on First
Class requirements. We couldn't figure out why someone would use the
equal length shadow method when the shadow-stick method produced much
quicker results and didn't require someone to watch over the shadow to
see when it touched the circle. Can anyone help with an explanation?
Also, the Scouts couldn't find the North Star, so we suggested they
refer to their handbooks. On page 114, the description of how to do so
is accurate, but the diagram isn't. In the old handbook, The North Star
was a tad off. It has wandered further off course in the new handbook.
Rather than the pointer starts pointing at the North Star, the star
looks like it could drop right into the middle of the dipper.
Furthermore, it is too close to the Big Dipper. Unfortunately, the new
handbook doesn't contain a more accurate diagram on a later page as the
old handbook did.