scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: BLM camping (was The NetCommish Website)
Wed Nov 24 1999 - 22:43:16 CST
In a message dated 99-11-24 10:56:29 EST, Chuck Bramlet wrote:
<< I can't speak for Texas, but here in AZ, there seems to be somewhat
of an "intolerance" of large groups (Troop size) of campers in
general, and Boy Scout Troops in particular in using public land. >>
The BLM is one of the founding agencies of Leave No Trace. Your council
or OA lodge should be offering classes in LNT and I highly recommend
attending even a one-hour class taught by a certified LNT Instructor or
Master; reading about it in the BSH isn't enough.
You're right about the intolerance, though; large groups, especially Scout
troops, are not welcome in many areas of the western U.S. for two reasons.
First, the ecology cannot withstand the presence of groups larger than 6-10
people in one place at one time; second, Boy Scout troops have a very poor
reputation in state and national parks and forest lands across the country.
This latter statement is sad, but true, as it was told to me by both a U.S.
Forest Service ranger and a New York State Department of Environmental
Ralph V. Balfoort, Unit Commissioner
I used to be a Beaver.... (NE III-135)
In the Beaver Patrol as a Scout, too,
and now Ktemaque (Beaver) Chapter,
Haudenosaunee Lodge #19, OA