Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: boundary waters problem
Re: boundary waters problem
Tue, 29 Jun 1999 11:13:40 -0500
Steve Tobin has given a nice description of the reason our troop had a
problem in the boundary waters area. Please don't misunderstand though.
We are not opposed to the regulation. We support it and agree that groups
should be small, should be separated, should help preserve the wilderness
experience. We also understand that others are putting commercial pressure
to expand numbers and we do not support that.
Our beef ties in with Jon Dixon's comments about maintaining separation
such as waiting off shore or meeting on a portage. How do you avoid a
meeting on the trail, for example? We think this was a good time for the
ranger to explain the rules in a coincidental situation, not be a hard nose.
If our guys had consciously been working together, they would definitely
have been in the wrong and should have been nailed.
It's a matter of degree and how it's enforced. And more than that, I
wanted to be sure others were aware so that they would not get fined either
through ignorance or actual violation.
High Adventure Leader
Troop 59, Venture Post 2159
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