Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Sign 'o' The Times (A Summer Camp Tale)
Re: Sign 'o' The Times (A Summer Camp Tale)
Wed, 30 Jun 1999 01:51:45 -0000
<Mark Dryer wrote>
Why were the boys catching black snakes? Every camp I've gone to has
considered black snakes to be beneficial because they eat rodents that,
among other things, spread disease and eat camp property. The Nature Staff
is usually allowed to capture one to use for their classes, but anyone else
who does so is subject to sanctions for "molesting the wildlife."
I knew someone would ask that question. The snakes are caught and released
after a short while. The award is run by the nature staff. Why does this
contest exist? I haven't the faintest idea. Perhaps it is yet another
example of "we've always had one." I can tell you that the several snakes
caught by my Scouts aren't the only ones in the camp. I can also tell you
that none of the snakes were harmed physically.
A. J. Mako, email@example.com , Scoutmaster Troop 381
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