I ran across this and thought that you readers would be interested in what it says. It’s taken from the Boy Scout Handbook. Besides the oath, law, motto, and slogan, Boy Scouts are required to know the Outdoor Code. I think all sportsmen should be aware of it and memorize it.
THE OUTDOOR CODE
As an American, I will do my best to:
*Be clean in my outdoor manners. I will treat the outdoors as a heritage. I will take care of it for myself and others. I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways. (Boy Scouts say, “If you carry it in; carry it out.”)
*Be careful with fire. I will prevent wildfire. I will build my fires only where they are appropriate. When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out. I will leave a clean fire ring or remove all evidence of my fire. (Wet ashes; stir; feel; wet again and stir.)
*Be considerate in the outdoors. I will treat public and private property with respect. I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping. (Take only pictures; leave only foot prints.)
*Be conservation minded. I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy. I will urge others to do the same. (All sportsmen should memorize this and teach it to others.)
CAVE EXPLORATION ADVENTURE
Who: Allen County Parks (Fox Island)
What: Go Caving With Us!
When: Saturday, November 9, 2002
Info: Go underground with Allen County Parks. Caving instructor and naturalist Bob Dispenza will be leading a trip to the Garrison Chapel Karst area near Bloomington, Indiana. We’ll be exploring a wild cave in the area and going off the beaten path. This activity is somewhat strenuous, but suitable for beginners. Call 449-3180 to make reservations.
MANDATORY PRECAVING CLASS FOR CAVE EXPLORATION ADVENTURE
When: Saturday, November 2, 2002
Where: Fox Island, 7324 Yohne Road
Cost: Class fee of $20 (covers maps and caving instruction).
What: Learn about geology, cave life, needed equipment and cave information.
SAFETY HARDHATS FOR SALE
A limited number of used Safety Hardhats, suitable for cave exploration, are now available from Boy Scout Troop 44. Contact Jack Shepard at 436-2422.
LOCAL FESTIVALS & ACTIVITIES – DATES TO REMEMBER:
October 10,11,12-(Spencerville Covered Bridge Festival
October 1–31 – Pumpkin Fantasyland – Ligonier, IN
October 11-13 – Mississinewa 1812 – Marion, IN
October 11-13 – The Elvis FANtasy Fest – Portage, IN
October 11-20 – Billie Creek Village’s Festival of Crafts and Covered Bridges – Rockville, IN
SPENCERVILLE COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL
We’ve been told that the Spencerville Covered Bridge Festival will take place October 10-12 in Spencerville, Indiana, home of the only covered bridge in DeKalb County, and one of the last remaining covered bridges in northern Indiana.
“HORSESHOE CRABS AND SHOREBIRDS’
Breakfast With The Birds At Fox Island County Park With Special Guest Speaker Paul McAfee
Come join guest speaker Paul McAfee from The Audubon Society and learn about an exciting birding adventure Paul recently participated in. Learn from an expert on the exciting world of birds on October 16, 2002. The program will start out in a classroom and then we will go on a short bird watching hike (weather permitting). The cost is $3 per person. You must call ahead for reservations, and hurry because classes fill up quickly. The program runs from 7am to 9am. A continental breakfast will be provided. For more information or to make reservations call the park at 449-3180.
Pre-school Program At Fox Island Park
Bring your preschooler out to Fox Island County Park and get to know the crazy world of the spider. The program is at the Nature Center October 17, 2002 from 10am to 11am and again from 2pm to 3pm. Dress for the weather in case we go outside. There will be a craft and snack provided. The cost of the program will be $3 per person. Reservations are required. For more information contact the Allen County Parks Department at 449-3184 or email at email@example.com.
Night Hike At Fox Island County Park
Come out to Fox Island County Park to explore the park in the twilight hours. Learn about our exciting nocturnal flying mammals. Dress appropriately and leave your flashlights at home. The program starts at the Nature Center at 7pm on October 26, 2002. The cost of the program will be $2 per person. Reservations are required. For more information contact the Allen County Parks Department at 449-3184 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.