Re: field gear

Fiona Moore (al772@FREENET.CARLETON.CA)
Mon, 26 Dec 1994 16:23:39 -0500

>Sounds like many of the Anthros today were girl- or boy- scouts.
>Actually how many were either of those and if you were how does or did it
>affect your life today?

Actually I was, but I learned nothing about camping from them--I gain my
familliarity with camping equipment from repeated expeditions in my
childhood to various national and provinicial parks with my mother.
I joined the girl guides (the Canadian equivalent of girl scouts)
in the hope of learning camping skills, orienteering etc. and learned
nothing more useful than how to make paper flowers and the importance of
keeping one's uniform spotless. I am given to understand that it was not a
particularly typical group; nonetheless I did feel a bit cheated.
I did learn one important thing from my stint in the guides
though--a healthy distrust of all protofascist organizations.

Fiona Moore

"The hymns of praise of the few became the curses of the many"