scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Camping 101
Sun Mar 12 2000 - 12:30:28 CST
A much cheaper alternative is the urethane-coated fabric. The material itself
is not breathable, but the jacket usually has vents (which are largely
useless). You'll get a bit wet from your own perspiration, but they do
protect well from rain and wind.
I want to make one observation here. It is certainly true that a cold rain
can reduce your body temperature if you let it get to you. On the other
hand, at Scout Camp, in summer, in July, in Northern Wisconsin, in the forest
where no breeze blows, getting wet from the rain is a blessed event. My
uniform dries, when the rain stops, in about 20 minutes max, with me wearing
it. I have seen too many boys wrap up in urethane coated fabric when its
85-90 degrees to protect them from the rain because they are afraid of
getting wet. My thougth is that when you are in the woods, and it rains, you
get wet. When it stops, you dry off.
Do not construe this as a comment on getting soaked when it is cool. I've
done that and started my teeth to chattering. I am simply observing that
there are times when getting wet is natural, ok, nonharmful and really quite
pleasant. Especially when the wet comes from the sky and not from sweat.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL