Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: fire in teepee
Re: fire in teepee
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 17:56:59 EST
If the parent is a bonified Native American, I'd let him sleep in the teepee
or go whale hunting, or whatever he wants to do.
Seriously, Risk Management might disagree, but a teepee built large enough
was designed to hold a fire and let smoke and sparks escape through the
opening in the top. But, I would wonder why the parent wants to do this on a
campout, where we typically come together at a campfire for some brotherly
scout bonding. Teepees were no different from our houses in that the Indians
slept and ate in them, day in and day out. They were a warm shelter that kept
you warm and dry and gave some privacy in a society that didn't offer much.
Having a fire in your teepee was no different from me having a gas stove in
the kitchen or a nice fireplace in the family room. If the object is to show
an example of Indian life to some scouts it's not the same as a parent who
just wants to be different. Does your troop have a policy on tents, i.e.,
troop equipped or do scouts bring their own tents? That might settle it.
Side note on teepees:
I had 2 college age cousins up in Minnesota, set up a teepee on some
backwoods family land up near Finland, MN and live in it during the summer
and fall. They fished and hunted for 6 months and their teepee was first
class with a big wood burning stove in the middle and a refrigerator, couch
and a TV (generator was by the outhouse and the sauna hut). But when the
Minnesota winter came on, they headed home. Minnesotans may be different but
they aren't crazy!
Chris in Houston