scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: FW: The NetCommish Website
John Pershing (pershng@US.IBM.COM
Tue Nov 23 1999 - 08:26:30 CST
> Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 09:12:37 -0500
> From: Cheryl Singhal <csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG>
> In our area, open fires of ANY kind, ANY where (even your backyard)
> are forbidden by local law.
Ummm... Depends on what you mean by "area": Village/city limits? Fire
district? County? All you have to do is drive out of the area!
Also, where do they draw the line for "open fires"? Surely not barbequeue
grills! What's wrong with practicing fire building inside of a grill
rather than on the ground? Actually, it is nicer (at least, for us older
scouters) since you don't have to kneel. A year ago I took my Sr. Webelos
to a local park to work on Outdoorsman (plus other activities), and we
built little fires using flint & steel inside of the little, boxy, cast
iron grills that were installed all over the picnic ground. This actually
worked *better* than open fires on the ground, as it was a bit windy, and
we could rotate the grills so that they blocked the wind.
At a scout "fair" a year ago at a county park where ground fires were not
permitted, one Troop set up a model campsite, and built their fire on a 4x4
slab of wonderboard propped up on bricks. Of course, they had fire cans in
close proximity, and there wasn't anything burnable (other than scouts,
plus the biscuits that they were burning -- er, -- baking) within 10 yards
of the fire.
John A. Pershing Jr. <email@example.com>
ACM Pack 36 / ASM Troop 36, Westchester-Putnam (NY) Council