Richard Bourlon, Health and Safety director, responds: Alcohol, as a fuel, and “home- made” equipment continue to cause pain for our membership and others. Therefore, The Health and Safety Support Committee has no plans to review the BSA’s stance on homemade chemical fuel equip- ment. The health and safety of our members is paramount.
Bigfoot’s Big Lesson
Thanks for printing the infor- mative article about Leave No Trace (“Ethics in the Outdoors,” March-April). As an LNT Trainer, I take every opportunity to get the word out. During camporees or hikes, I make sure to present the subject somewhere in the program. If an issue arises in the
outdoors, you can use it as a teachable moment. Avoid preaching to Scouts; just explain the cold, hard facts. If you become educated in LNT princi- ples, it will be a snap to explain why Scouts need to follow them when questions arise. Remember, we should be
able to leave no trace. Bigfoot’s been doing it for years!
Bryn R. Kolbe SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA.
Fiery Feedback It was with disappointment that I read of the BSA’s prohibition on the use of popcan stoves on Scout outings (“Not-So-Hot Stoves,” January-February). We have been using these stoves for at least six years on weekend campouts. But we have never had an incident where the stove seemed inherently more dan- gerous than a knife or ax. Because of our totally positive
experiences with the stoves, is there a possibility that the BSA might reconsider its position? If not, could you let us know why the BSA came to its decision?
Michael Cullers, Scoutmaster KLAMATH FALLS, ORE.
6 Snagged on a Technicality
The article “Lost Lake Scout Reservation” (Cool Camp, January-February) refers to drilling a hole in the ice to “snag” a fish. As defined by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, “Snagging means attempting to take fish in a manner that the fish does not take the hook voluntarily in its mouth. It is unlawful to snag fish.” I’m sure the author did not intend to imply Lost Lake ice fishing enthusiasts were allowed to “snag” north- ern pike, crappie, and bluegill.
Jim Kibby KINGSLEY, MICH.
That’s the catch of the day, Jim. But we’ve been assured that the Scouters and Scouts caught the fish fair and square, without resorting to force.
World of Watercraft
As much as I enjoy personal watercraft, the Guide to Safe Scouting forbids them. In an ad in the January-February issue, Tomahawk Scout Reservation quite clearly depicts them as part of their program for the boys. What is up with that?
Jim Makee BENTON, LA.
It’s the New BSA, and Scouts who meet the age require- ment love ’em. Tomahawk Scout Reservation participated in a pilot Personal Watercraft (PWC) program for coun- cils. The PWC program was approved as an official council-
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offered program in November 2011. You can read more about the PWC program in “Ready to Ride” on Page 38.
The Son Also Rises
In Trailhead (January- February), the story “Salute of the Century,” Page 11, states that “Scouting’s successor to Norman Rockwell” is “famed artist Joseph Csatari.” On Page 38, I find the article in Health & Wellness titled “Prevention Is Sweet” by Jeff Csatari. If the two Csataris are related, I think it would be best for Scouting magazine to disclose their relationship.
Randall Voigt LAKEWOOD, COLO.
Nepotism? Nay! Joseph Csatari is Jeff’s dad. But we chose Jeff to write about fitness, health, and wellness for us because that’s what he does. Jeff is a contrib- uting editor to Men’s Health magazine and has authored several best-selling books on weight loss and fitness.
What I Liked
I’m not involved in the Scouting program, but I have raised two Eagle Scouts. I recently read your January- February issue, and I am so impressed with the valuable information in it. The articles I most enjoyed were “When to Compromise,” “Wall Power,” “The Countdown to Showtime,” “Snowed In,” and the information on the Lost Lake Scout Reservation. Thanks for these “nuggets of knowledge.” ¿
Mary Lou Pickering BOUNTIFUL, UTAH
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