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Re: [AT-L] Scouting ?!
Sandy, I think you should call the Girl Scout Council and question them
about the outdoor training session you attended. Most councils have written
outlines for all training and they should be willing to share this with you.
. My gut response is that this outdoor trainer may have 'written' her/his
own. If she/he didn't, then perhaps you would be willing to help this
council get proper guidelines written.
Most GS councils don't even allow or at least strongly recommend that
Brownies camp outside of established areas. I am not familiar with a
council that does not endorse all policies you suggest ie: leaving no
trace, fires only in established areas. I speak as a former outdoor
trainer for an Alabama council, director of a GS resident camp for 7 years
and later Adult Services Training Director for the council. .
At 11:49 PM 9/21/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi, folks -
>Attended my first Girl Scout training session today. I hooked up with 'em to
>assist my sister-in-law, who needs a helper for taking the Brownies camping.
>She, along with my hubby, has never spent a night outdoors and is not
>comfortable in the woods.
>I was concerned when the leaders whipped out bow saws and showed us how to
>use 'em. "Isn't that against leave no trace ethics?" asked I...their reply
>was they cut wood and built fires on the Laurel Highlands Trail when taking
>troops through, but did not in areas where open fires were not allowed. I
>asked "why not just search for deadwood" and they said, yes, we use the bow
>saws for cutting deadwood, not green.
>Still, I thought the age of live fires on hiking trails was behind us. Maybe
>not, I guess. Your comments? I certainly don't agree with training the girls
>to build fires anywhere but approved campground campsites. Certainly not
>along a hiking trail. Just my $.02
>Sandra Downs <email@example.com>
>Pittsburgh, PA Visit Cyberwall! http://www.nb.net/~downs/