Hmmm... Hot Marshmallow Stick
By: Scott Robertson
Posted On: 2010-04-11
On one pustular campout we had invited some second year Webelos to join us. This campout was at a small lake about 90 minutes from our city. I remember we had a big court of honor at the end of this campout so maybe it was also when we invested the Webelos into the Troop. Anyway it doesn't really matter....
It was growing later in the day, the sun was setting, it was getting dark and chilly. The campfire got going and on this outing they were roasting marshmallows. They were using unfolded metal clothes hangers. Everything was going fine. The Scouts were done, so the hangers were put in the fire to burn any left over food off the ends of them. Suddenly one of the Webelos decided to make another one and grabs the hanger from the fire bare handed. Dropped the hanger real fast, yelled and grabbed his hand in tears. He ended up with I believe two second degree burn blisters on his hand. We treated him and he was ok. His older brother and dad were also on the outing and kept an eye on him.
Years later when this Scout made I think it was Star this event was mentioned as part of his ceremony. The Scout soaked it up as it was not done in a hazing way but more as a walk down memory lane kind of thing. Anyway what matters the Scout loved it, but doesn't mean another Scout wouldn't have ran out of the room in embarrassment – this is where knowing your Scouts comes into play.
I guess my point in this post is not to use metal hangers without some prep work. I wrote a blog post a while back called “Knights Roasters” which was actually for hot dogs but the same idea could work here I suggest you check it out at http://insanescouter.org/blog/205/Knights_Roasters.html