Crisis preparedness

So shelter in place is what most are doing or being forced to do during COVID-19. The great thing about scouting is the attitude it instills to ‘be prepared’. Any scout should be ready for the challenge ahead.

We are not talking about ‘prepping’ and being a prepper. And we’re not talking about hoarding.

Scouting teaches self-reliance, a can do attitude, and making due while whistling if need be. It only makes sense to keep a couple extra weeks food on hand, perhaps canned. Even if you don’t use it yourself, how will you help others in need should the time arise?

Hike El Yunque

Yay! Finally got to hike the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. And I survived an earthquake at the same time.

 

Quality camp knife

I mentioned thrift and a good blade in a previous post. Obtained one right before the holidays because the price was right at lapg.com

Made in the USA!

I have since oiled the sheath and handle with boiled linseed oil.

Commissioner: could be fun

Not sure why I’ve been asked but I could end up being a commissioner for the BPSA to do training in the Midwest. It’s a nice challenge.  I think I’m up to it! Of course, it holds me to account and admittedly I’m a wee bit uncomfortable about doing it well. Must complete the BTC3 (Brownsea Training Camp [version] 3) to qualify.

Blades for Rovering

Thrift is a scouting virtue.

Like any hobby or interest, there is a budget to consider to participate. One thing I like to do in traditional scouting is dual use. A lot of BPSA-US members encourage the use of canvas type bags, some you see on the Quartermaster page. Since I also volunteer and train for FEMA projects, and Civil Air Patrol functions, I have contemporary ‘MOLLE’ type military bags. They’re not canvas. They are not camouflage. These bags are better, lighter and stronger, and they do not rot. In my view, less energy and waste means better for the environment, pound for pound of waste, so I go with MOLLE. And it’s dual use. In a couple cases FEMA, et al, gave me the bag(s). Why wouldn’t I use it? I can also use it as a Rover.

This leads me to the consideration of blades for scouting. For all of the hype, again, pound for pound consideration, the best scouting blades I’ve reviewed and used are old school Buck, Gerber hunting knives and K-Bar bayonet knives.  Durability, abililty to keep an edge, and value (budget minded!), these blades are exceptional.

The advantage too is they’re plenty long, strong enough for the trail and camp. Usually they’re fixed blade and high grade stainless steel. A disadvantage is they do not cost less buying them used because they’re in high demand since they are that good.

Value. Again, think traditional scouting (which means thrift!! per B-P himself), and it makes sense to consider the aforementioned, instead of of the common blades sold at REI or Walmart.

 

Toward addtional service

Within the next few months I have committed to earning the second of three ham licenses and will go for the General license in amature radio.

The ham is your best friend in a disaster, and because of the way radio signals ‘propigate’ a ham a thousand miles away might be the one who hears a distress call or aid in sending you help.  A General ham license will mean greater ability to serve the community better by being able to talk and send Morse Code in such emergency.