scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: G2SS question
Jack W. Sandoz, Jr. (jsandoz@EARTHLINK.NET
Mon May 29 2000 - 06:09:03 CDT
"Paul S. Wolf" wrote:
> Bob and Rusty Taylor wrote:
> ... canoe trip...bear country...advisor...gun for protection. what does
> G2SS say about guns on outtings? Bob Taylor
> In BOLD PRINT (Text in bold denotes rules and policies.):
> Except for law enforcement officers required to carry firearms within
> their jurisdiction, firearms shall not be brought on camping, hiking,
> backpacking, or other Scouting activities except those specifically
> planned for target shooting under the supervision of a certified BSA or
> National Rifle Association firearms instructor.
> The best protection from Bears is to make noise and go in the opposite
> direction if one is spotted. --
Paul- I agree with your answer as far as it goes, but the more I look into
it...the more complex it becomes.
I found very useful information at:
Bear attacks are rare. So are plane crashes. If you are the Outing Leader,
like the pilot of the airplane, you are responsible, not only for your
safety but for the safety of those with you. You MUST be prepared:
1. Know your route and the indigenous wildlife. Know the difference between
a Black Bear and a Grizzly.
2. Know that both are not very predictable.
3. Know that if you Encounter a bear, it's probably your fault. Learn the
signs. Don't attract them.
4. Know that the bear is more likely to die as the result of the attack
than you are. "REMOVAL"
5. Know that the bear does not know #4. We must protect them AND ourselves.
6. Know that if a bear decides you are his next meal; standing tall,
rolling in a ball, running away, walking away, making noise, being quiet or
climbing a tree less than 33' up are ineffective. So unless you brought a
law enforcement officer along, your best protection is pepper spray
Specifically Formulated for Bears.
Or as the Karate Kid was told "Don't be there".
7. If I don't feel knowledgeably confident of my ability to avoid problems
and protect my boys from the ones I can't avoid, we ain't goin'. ("My boys"
means the ones that own me.)