Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Scout Staff
Sat, 7 Aug 1999 21:58:25 -0600
This time last year I made a Scout Staff, to encourage the Scouts in our
Troop to make them. Now that I have one, I decided to use it on my vacation
this summer. Now that I have returned I am convinced more than ever that a
good staff is worth its weight in gold.
Over the trails we hiked, I found that the staff was first an excellent
walking stick. When my son started to complain that his feet were sore (he
had done a lot of walking for a seven year old in one day) my wife and I
simply held the staff between us and my son sat on it.
One afternoon we were sitting by one of the streams, the current was a
little strong and a woman who came along wanted to cross it. I simply pased
one end of it to her and she easily crossed.
Some say that staves (plural for staff) are outdated and modern walking
sticks are better. Maybe, but the robust staff has many more uses than the
"adjustable walking sticks".
Concidering that a walking stick might cost you $85. (Canadian) in an
outdoors store. I think I paid less than $5. to make my staff.
The store bought "High Tech" sticks (they look like a ski pole without the
basket) are lighter than my staff, but have only one use. Hiking. Whereas
my staff is a tool I will never hike without. It is good fo a great many uses.
I won't go as far to say that every Scout should have one. But I will say
that they are probably the most important outdoors tool a Scout could have.
Scouter Phil Conroy,
207th St. Patrick's Scouts
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