scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Wilderness Survival Merit Badge
Robert Haar (rhaar@MI.VERIO.COM
Fri Nov 12 1999 - 17:44:47 CST
> From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU]On
> Behalf Of Paul S. Wolf
> Bob Taylor wrote:
> > construct a natural shelter and spend a night in the shelter (note
> > that it does not say "sleep"-probably deliberate wording? :)
> > reading just the requirements, it does not say what you may bring with
> > you for the experience. what is considered "legal" for this
> > requirement?
> There is NO restriction. However, they can't build the shelter OVER a
> tent, for example. That wouldn't be a natural shelter.
> Typically, the boys take a ground cloth and sleeping bag (and pillow if
> they wish). If they take anything else, that's up to them.
I know that we are not to add to the requirements, but there
has to be some room for reasonable interpretation. Paul - I am
not saying that you are unreasonable, but that my attempt at
a reasonable interpretation differs from yours.
In the 1999 requirements book, the requirement (#8) reads:
"Show that you can find and improvise a natural shelter minimizing
damage to the environment."
The word "improvise" and "natural" to me mean that the scout
cannot take man-made items that are intended to provide shelter.
This includes tarps, ground cloths, tents, sleeping bags
Requirement # 5 says "Make a small survival kit..."
Would it not be reasonable to have the scout carry only normal
day hiking equipment, including the survival kit created for
requirment 5 ? How about starting with the "Ten Essentials"?
ASM, BSA T188, Rochester Hills, MI