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I've run into Boy Scout groups a couple of times on the Trail and have
never had anything but a great time talking with them, answering their
questions and, of course, sharing their grub! :-)
On Wed, 28 Aug 1996, Jim Owen wrote:
> David -
> Don't get too upset - it really was in "fun". I've met a few - but very
> few - Boy Scout groups that weren't good campers and good neighbors.
> I'm not even sure which kind I was when I was a Scout - that was a long
> time ago.
> Walk softly,
> >Jim Owen wrote:
> >> Boy Scout troops, church groups, college groups and hoods-in-the-woods
> >Oh! Oooh! Oooohh! I'm seeing red now!
> >Not my Scout Troop! We follow low/minimum impact camping standards, and
> >keep our group size small. We limit AT hikes to First Class rank and
> >above, so only experienced campers participate on these trips. We don't
> >hog shelters, and best of all, often offer to share our "delicious,
> >wholesome, and nutritious" meals with thru hikers.
> >I realize your statement was all in fun (it was, wasn't it?). I have
> >felt like you when I have come into a shelter area to find it swarming
> >with kids from a single group.
> >You'll find many of us Scouters on the trail, not necessarily with our
> >troops. A few years ago in SW Virginia [running to get trail notes...it
> >was 4-17-90], I stayed in Saunders Shelter on Straight Mtn. There were
> >seven of us total, three of the seven were thru-hikers (not me). Of the
> >seven, five were Eagle Scouts, one was a Silver Beaver holder, and the
> >other was a long-time Scoutmaster, something like twenty years. The
> >oldest Eagle earned his award in 1932!
> >To add to the list, How about getting all cleaned up and smelling better,
> > and just when you start to eat, a new shelter arrival peels off his
> >boots and rotten socks, sickening you with the stench! :@)