scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Lanterns! (Sorry, leave them at home)
Mark Wilbur (allogagaw@MEGSINET.NET
Sat Nov 20 1999 - 09:38:41 CST
Please take this in the most positive nature.
Many Scout units are completely missing one
of the BEST parts of camping!!! The night!!!
And the social sit around a conservative camfire.
Use the natural light from the moon or go to bed.
Every scout should have a small AA flashlight.
Mix your cobblers before it gets dark.
> Also, what should we avoid?
Anything that casts a light more than about 10ft.
Bright lights destroy night vision and cause people
to hurt themselves by tripping over things when they
walk away from the brightly lit area.
Kerosene lanterns (if they are allowed in your area)
provide the right amount of light and are cheaper
to run. IF you treat them with the SAME care of a
mantle lantern they are probably safer too.
BTW: Are you having trouble getting the kids to wind
down and go to bed? Or, are the older kids hiding in the
shadows away from the brightly lit campsite?
Think about it...
Mark Wilbur - Allogagaw (He who serves)
"Used to be an OWL NC-513 (312-35-1984), Always be an Eagle (1973)"
Scoutmaster (since 1986) Troop 374 St. Louis, Mo.