Thursday, August 21, 2003

Valley Forge, Propane Powered
The Boy Scouts are giving up campfires, says today's paper, and no less a group is joining them than the Campfire Girls (CampFire USA)!

Its all part of the "Leave No Trace" ideology--combined with scares from past years' droughts and fires. And, hey, I've seen my share of weinie campers cutting branches off standing trees to fuel the bonfire at their massive RV.

But when the facilities manager for a Boy Scout camp cries, "I hate campfires", and the cooking merit badge requires a propane stove, do we think about a young dude's interpretation of History? Do ya still "get" what pioneers and soldiers faced when you whip out the Coleman to light and heat your way?

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