Scouting, Volume 67, Number 5, October 1979 Page: 68
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thoroughfares is the nontidal Delaware
River which runs through 200 miles of
downstate New York, western New Jersey,
and eastern Pennsylvania. Now there's an
updated 1979 set of the 10 maps first
drawn in 1966 to navigate the river. The
charts enable river rats to run the entire
river with all dangers,' shoreline features,
depths, canoeing channels, recreation
areas, and campgrounds pointed out in
color. Incidentally, the Delaware is con-
sidered a tame river, no whitewater.
The set includes five foldout sheets with
one stretch of water printed on each side.
Each stretch covers about 20 miles from
Hancock, N.Y., to Trenton, N.J. In the
waterproof, ziplock plastic bag are also
selected booklets on boating and canoeing
safety and a directory of canoe rental
operators. The package costs $4 which
includes third class postage. For first class
postage, add 93 cents. Address requests to:
Recreation Maps, Delaware River Basin
Commission, P.O. Box 7360, West Tren-
ton, N.J. 08628.
44-year-old den leader
After leading well over 1,500 den meet-
ings, 81-year-old Den Leader Floy Bur-
dette still boasts, "Working with boys
keeps you young:" She's been at the game
of Cub Scouting ever since 1935 when her
son John became a Cub Scout in St.
Mark's Methodist Church Pack 3534,
As is the case with many oldtime
Scouters, Floy Burdette proudly says, "My
Cubs have gone on to become lawyers,
doctors, ministers, judges" and in the
blue-collar trades. Hundreds of boys have
savored the Cub Scouting program under
her direction. She remains to this day not
only active in Cubbing but a church
leader, part-time worker, and volunteer
Chicago council service center helper.
The Jayhawk Bugler, published by the
BSA Jayhawk Area Council in Topeka,
Kan., recently included the following
suggestions for Scout campers who want to
be polite visitors in the out-of-doors, not
ruthless invaders. Among the ways Scout-
ers can "camp gently" are:
• Leave individual Scout axes at home. A
good troop allows one hand axe per patrol
for splitting wet firewood or making items
like tent pegs. Any larger wood should be
easily, and safely, cut with a folding saw
from the pack.
• Wash a good distance away from your
water supply. Use streams and lakes as a
source of wash water, but not as a sewer.
• Minimize "pioneering" projects. Ex-
perienced backpackers do not waste time,
wood, and rope by building needless
gadgets. If you are compelled by Scouting
tradition to build things for your conven-
ience, please take them down before you
leave. The next troop may not appreciate
• Garbage in, garbage out. Gentle
campers bring as few cans and glass jars as
possible, and they carry these out with
them when they leave. Garbage holes
attract skunks, racoons, etc., and may also
start erosion. Besides, aluminum cans
won't deteriorate for about 100 years
— and plastics take even longer. Conser-
vationists also remind us that scrap
aluminum is bringing up to 20 cents a
pound at recycling centers.
• Build small fires. Wood supplies are
decreasing and may soon be limited at
)cur favorite campsite. Just a few dead
branches, well used, will do quite a bit of
cooking, as will a few briquets of charcoal.
Just a spoonful of poison?
Each year one- to two-million Americans
accidentally consume harmful substances.
Often there are no unfavorable effects.
However, some people become extremely
ill and some die.
What are you doing to prevent your
child, spouse, or yourself from becoming
an unwitting victim? And do you know
what to do when confronted with a poi-
Here are some guidelines:
• If there are young children in your
home, buy medicine in child-resistant
packaging. Consider what might appeal to
a child's curiosity. For example, are there
pretty pictures on the medicine jar or
candy-coatings that might needlessly
tempt a youngster?
• When you use a highly toxic ingredient
for a particular household job, purchase
only enough for that particular job. Don't
unnecessarily store poisonous substances
and always have adequate ventilation
when using toxic liquids and gases.
• Keep all cleaning products and
medicines out of child's reach.
• Medicines and toxic substances should
be kept in original bottles with labels
intact. Don't keep them in food containers.
• Separate food and cleaning products,
especially when they are in similarly-sized
and look-alike containers.
• Clearly label all medicines. Don't care-
lessly leave them on tables, counters, or in
• Read labels and follow package warn-
• Don't refer to pills as "candy."
• List the phone number of local poison
control center next to your telephone. It is
found under "P" in the white pages of
your phone directory. When looking for
such a center, seek those that are open 24
hours a day, seven days a week; are
trained in emergency home poisonings;
and have a doctor available for consul-
• First aid: If he is conscious and not
convulsing, make the victim drink lots of
water to dilute the poison.
Induce vomiting with syrup of ipecac.
However, if the poison is a strong acid,
alkali, or a petroleum product, do not
make the patient vomit.
Carbon monoxide exposure
The dangers of carbon monoxide have
become more apparent than ever as peo-
ple try to conserve energy and cut heating
costs with unusual, and often unsafe,
More than 10,000 people every year
require medical attention after being ex-
posed to this gas, with about 1,500 dying
from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless,
colorless, and nonirritating. It is produced
by the incomplete burning of a carbon-
containing material, such as gasoline,
wood, coal, or natural gas.
Portable camping equipment, including
grills, propane heaters, stoves, lanterns,
and any other type of fuel-burning device
pose a potential hazard. All fuel-burning
appliances should be adjusted by a
qualified technician for correct fuel-air
mixture, adequate ventilation, and suf-
ficient fresh air intake.
More than adequate ventilation is es-
sential for even low concentrations of
carbon monoxide, which is absorbed by
red blood cells 200 times more rapidly
than oxygen. Never burn charcoal for
cooking or heating inside the house, for
example, whether in a barbecue grill or
Continued exposure to carbon monox-
ide can kill in any enclosed area—trailer,
cabin, automobile, or boat. Don't use a gas
range oven to warm a room. Don't run a
car engine or combustion engine inside a
Warnings of carbon monoxide build-up
include headache, dizziness, sleepiness,
and nausea. Continued exposure causes
vomiting, fluttering or throbbing of the
heart, and eventually, unconsciousness
When poisoning is suspected, get the
victim into fresh air immediately and
perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if
the person is not breathing regularly. Have
someone call for help while you keep the
victim warm. Do not offer the victim food
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