18993Re: Orange trash bags.
- Apr 21, 2008Hey Rosaleen,
For scouts to earn their Totin' Chip they have to be able to feed and
care for axes, hatchets, saws, and, folding knives. The only thing I
know that the scouts seriously frown on are fixed blade knives. The
reason being is that they are harder to secure. Not knowing what type
of trail improvement we will have to do we will most likely carry all
3 items. Be Prepared right?? I was just tbrainstorming on a way to
cut down weight. One of those kukri style machetes wood be nice. I
have tried the woodsman pal and it is sweet!!
> Hey, Ralph-the "Guide
> Before you make plans to have your Scouts carry hatchets, check
> to Safe Scouting" and instructions for using wood tools.(Was "Totenship" a
> card kids earned?) It's been quite a few years, but I think it wasagainst
> policy for my Scouts to use hatchets, and small axes had to be usedin
> well-prescribed circumstances. We were encouraged to stick withsaws, and
> used a small axe or maybe a hatchet only for splitting wood usingthe
> "contact method." A (folding) Sven saw wasn't too bad to carry,especially
> when weight could be divvied up. Maintainers that come upon seemto use
> saws, and nippers quite a bit.
> Has anyone experience with light weight shovels, bow saws, and/or
> hatchets. We have to do a conservation/trail improvement project on
> our 50 miles hike to earn the badge. This is not something a hiker
> would normally carry, but we will have to tote it.
> Ralph, Chandler, and Jared
> Troop 14 Griffin, GA
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