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Old 02-02-2018, 04:56 PM   #12
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I'm a staff instructor (for 25+ years) for a BSA trek leader/wilderness guide training school. We have always taught our guide students to treat water with one of the 3 safe methods (chemical, boil, or filter). Certainly there could be a liability issue for BSA if anything went wrong with our instruction and the trek leader's safe application in the wilderness with youth. We've used PolarPure (iodine treatment) for years, which long ago became and remains my own personal favorite goto method.
Having said that, I had often paddled with one of the old time 1979 originators of the training program who always simply dipped his cup in the water for a drink, but he was careful to only do that in large lakes well away from shore. He had never been known to get sick from the practice.
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