scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Troop Trailer
Scott Begin (sbegin@MCS.NET
Fri Feb 25 2000 - 20:49:59 CST
At 10:44 AM 2/25/00 -0500, Kurtenbach, Daniel wrote:
>Back in the days of my youth when Boy Scout camping was "Leave No Trace--Of
>Nature," a Troop Trailer, chuck boxes, etc., were handy things to have
>around. But do they really have much utility now, as we try to reduce the
>amount of gear we take with us and simplify cooking, cleanup, etc. to reduce
>our impact on the environment?
I will agree that the no Leave no trace can lighten the equipment load
substantially, but I do not agree that trailers are obsolete equipment.
Trailers allow you to carry more gear than before, which for some trips
could mean that all of your backpacks can fit in the trailer, compared to
the two/three you can get in the trunk of the largest sedans. Even with
sport utility vehicles or vans, being able to put gear in a trailer allows
you to transport more bodies in the vehicle.
There is nothing that says you have to haul your trailer into the middle of
your campsite: your trailer can stay parked with your vehicle, at which
point it isn't making an environmental impact. Actually, if you have to
transport your gear even a short distance from the parking lot to the site,
you will try to reduce the weight and bulk of your gear.
My biggest point about having a trailer is to make sure it is used as for
equipment transport only, not for storage of everything the troop owns. For
each trip, you pack what you need into the trailer. This insures that you
think about what you need beforehand, check to make sure it is clean,
repaired, and ready to go beforehand, and that you aren't tripping over
stuff you don't need to get to the stuff you do.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Troop 348, Oak Forest, IL, Calumet Council