scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: LNT v. Camporee
Wed Feb 02 2000 - 19:17:15 CST
I've been following this thread with interest, and while I'm NOT an LNT
Master or Certified "anything", I have read a lot of the LNT materials
published by NOLS, Charlie Thorpe, BSA and others. And one of the
things that really hit me was a statement in Soft Paths that the
techniques are "flexible and tempered by judgment and experience", and
that the goal is not to lay down a list of rules to follow, but rather
to show people who love the outdoors what harm they are doing and how to
minimize that harm.
I would contend, that in most situations, any area likely to be used by
a District or Council for a camporee will not show much additional
impact as a result of the camporee itself. Especially if those in
attendance practice good Scout camping practices and use good manners.
Similarly anywhere that a Troop would have dutch ovens available would,
most likely, also already be a highly impacted site. And the LNT
principle is Minimize the use of fires not eliminate them.
By the same token, it would be most inappropriate to have a camporee in
a back county environment or most pristine settings.
One final thought and then I'll go put on the flame-proof suit, and that
is that the camping practices to be followed depend on what the land
owner/manager requires. I'm not in favor of wholesale destruction of
the outdoors, but I do think that there is room for alternatives under
the proper circumstances.