Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: boundary waters problem
boundary waters problem
Mon, 28 Jun 1999 14:24:55 -0500
Troop 59 just returned from a wonderfully dry week of canoeing in the
Boundary Waters. We used the Sommers Canoe Base and had a great time. One
problem however is worth mentioning to any other troops headed that way
this summer. The Forest Service appears to be zealously enforcing the
rules on group size. The permit you receive specifies not more than four
canoes and nine people. Two of our crews - three canoes each -
coincidently and accidently met at a portage on the first day out of the
base. They were on completely different itineraries and did not even know
the other crew was headed the same general direction. After some fancy
talking, they escaped with a written warning ticket and a stern
admonishment not to pair up with a crew from the same contingent again.
The fine for an actual ticket is stiff. The FS rangers took the position
that the two crews together in the same place from the same group and
outfitter constituted a violation of the maximum group size rule. Our
crews were miffed that in this coincidental situation they were treated as
if they were traveling together by design. They weren't but appearance was
taken as fact by the rangers.
Found out back in camp that others have been fined. If you are taking
multiple crews, I suggest you compare notes before hitting the water and
studiously plan to avoid each other. And if you should spot another group,
swing wide and stay apart - beyond talking distance. Tell your stories
when you get back to base - not on the water. I would even avoid sharing a
campsite for lunch with another Sommers crew from anywhere.
Hope you have a great trip too.
High Adventure Leader
Troop 59, Venture Post 2159
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