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February 2006

To:              Scout Executives

From:          National Office

Subject:       Fire Bans and Cooking Requirements for Advancement

A significant part of the country is currently under fire bans that prevent the use of open flames outdoors. Some of these bans have been in effect more than six months and are preventing Scouts from completing Tenderfoot requirement 3 and Second Class requirements 2e, 2f, and 2g.

The National Advancement Committee has approved the substitution, during periods of fire bans only of the use of a cook stove or, when no outdoor cooking is allowed, completion of these requirements over a kitchen stove. Please appreciate the importance of these exceptions to Scouts and leaders currently working on these requirements.

These substitutions are allowed only during periods of fire bans.

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