Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Miscellania; Poison Ivy; and 9c Redux
Miscellania; Poison Ivy; and 9c Redux
Tue, 29 Jun 1999 10:04:17 -0400
Ever to profit in the face of potential adversity, the NCAC Scout Shop
is selling a modified standard NCAC CSP with "Y2K" in gold to the right
of the Jefferson Memorial. It's produced by "BSA Manufacturing",
Charlotte, NC which I presume is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Supply
Division. This patch is in competition with the official 1999-2000 NCAC
patch which shows Mt. Vernon. Reminds me of the 1993 conflicting NCAC
JSPs, one issued by Council the other by National.
Yes, I've seen the "I'm Proud of my Cub Scout" sticker at the NCAC Scout
Shop. It's a good move. If National and the Supply Division were wise
they'd also have one which says: "I'm Proud of My Boy Scout", we
shouldn't wait until after the few attain Eagle rank. It would sell
Scouting, but even better it would improve bonding between parents and
youth rather than seemingly make pride contingent upon goal attainment.
Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac
June 29, 1999, New York Times - Science Section
<www.nytimes.com/science> has an article by Jane Brody in the Health
Section on our least favorite enemies.
It's been suggested several years ago on Scouts-L that there is no real
difference between Poison Ivy and Oak (I'm waiting for the DNA testing),
but Brody's article. It describes P.I. as a "plant" (like the Handbook)
suggesting low shrubs; and P.O. as a "low shrub" in the East and South,
and tall shrubs to a high-climbing vine on the Pacific Coast. I gues
they haven't seen the mid-Atlantic variety of P.I. which can be a tree
engulfing vine with individual leaves the size of an adult's hand.
In any case, the article gives several useful tips:
1) The poisonous oil (urushiol) can penetrate latex gloves, not heavy
duty vinyl. 2) There are two blocking agents: "Ivy Block" avialable in
drugstores; and Stoko Guard sold through industrial suppliers (15 min.
before exposure). 3) In addition to washing immediately with soap and
water within two hours, you can also use acetone, alcohol, or xylene
within 30 minutes. 4) Treatment includes cold compresses with Epson
Salts and the ever faithful Calomine Lotion. 5) AVOID using topical
products which contain antihistamines - they can make the reaction
worse. 6) oral antihistamines (not the non-sedating prescription
variety) may help the victim sleep. 7) Topical (over-the-counter)
cortisones are not strong enough. 8) Before the full-blown lesions form
a (by prescription) topical fluorinated corticosteroid can quell the
worst symptoms. 9) Severe cases may require (by prescription) oral
corticosteriods like prednisone. 10) herbal remedies such as: plantain,
feverfew, and jewelweed offer little more than a soothing effect.
Well my comment about inflating trousers being anachronistic generated
lots of comments. Many were thoughful regarding learning to think
creatively in emergency situations and avoid panic - a skill I had
referred to as "thinking outside of the box". Others conjured up
Let me suggest an alternative skill to inflating trousers which should
be taught because the likelihood of occurance is greater than improbable
and has a multiplying effect on inducing panic:
We should teach how to escape a car that has plunged (drifted off the
road) into an adjacent drainage canal, stream, or lake. I think that
probable scenerios are skills worth learning. (You first have to get
out of the vehicle that has gone off the San Francisco Bay Bridge0
It would be interesting to develop/recommend some alternative
scenerios/skills to teach and officially propose them to National.
You can't inflate trousers while in a flash-flood/white water situation
(as others have pointed out). However, in a camping situation, you can
avoid flash floods by camping above the canyon floor, and stay warmer
too. At night cooling air tends to drift down so that 50 feet of
elevation can bring you into another micro-climate.