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Too Much of a Good Thing? It is neat to see the different recipes in Scouting that bring pizazz to meals. However, in this era of obesity and given BSA’s commitment to physical well-being, I find it concerning that items like “Serve Something Cheesy” (March-April) appear in the magazine. There are many healthy choices that could be highlighted instead.

Mark Danner LINCOLN, NEB.

We hear you. Future Dutch Treat columns will feature more dishes that taste great but use lower-calorie ingredients.

Close to Home

Thank you for addressing the topic of Asperger’s syndrome in March-April. My son experienced two very stress- ful years in elementary school, which caused instances of behavioral prob- lems that spilled over into den and pack meetings. Children with Asperger’s need to work on social skills, and we need to keep them included in Scouting activities. For more information, visit the Asperger’s fact sheet at

Catherine Rucker NOVATO, CALIF.

Do Drops Mean Danger? In “Not a Drop to Drink” (March-April) the SteriPEN is recommended. This device has a serious problem, since it only treats the water inside the con- tainer that you are stirring it through, not the water droplets on the lid or threads. As soon as you close your Nalgene, the treated water can become contaminated with these droplets.


Correct. So be careful not to get any water on the outside of your bottle. That means no dipping your Nalgene in the stream.

Something’s Knot Right

On Page 8 (May-June), you announced the new BSA Alumni Award square knot. What a shame you have it shown backward. The blue goes on the left. You can tell by the “over” portion of the square knot.

John Larney MEDWAY, MASS. Good catch, John. Regrettably, we goofed.

Reflections on a Cover

When I pulled the March-April issue from my mailbox, the cover (above) was very eye-catching. But at first glance—even at subsequent glances when I was aware of the message being conveyed—I couldn’t help but feel I was looking at two drowning victims.

John Pattinson ARCADIA, CALIF.

The image is simply a reflection in the water, intended to illustrate the dread some young Scouts feel when taking their first swim check at summer camp.

Lens Crafted

Kudos to photographer Chris Usher (“The New Brownsea Boys,” March- April), whose photograph (Page 24) could have been a Norman Rockwell painting. Thank you!

Winfred Kennedy CAMPOBELLO, S.C.

Read the Label Cliff Jacobson’s article “Are They Biting?” (May-June) offers some sound advice to prevent biting pests. However, I was concerned about one segment of the article that generalizes the use of a pesticide. The active ingredient, permethrin, is found in many products, some of which are labeled for use “on clothing and tent screens” and not skin as recommended by Mr. Jacobson. But there are just as many that cannot be used in this manner. It is very important to read the label when using any pesticide. Readers can find more information on pesti- cides and pesticide labels on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site,


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