A campfire left untended set off a brush fire in the Laddins Rock park area yesterday. That doesn’t sound malicious and was probably caused by some adventurous, but ignorant kids. We learned this stuff as Boy Scouts, back in the day, but membership in that group, at least here in Greenwich, has dwindled. In the 60’s, Troop II in Riverside had more than 100 boys and Old Greenwich perhaps as many? (Plus a spin-off troop – 34? – since disbanded). But in the late 80s and 90’s, when my own son John was a member of Troop II, I think membership was down in the low 20s. There are lots of reasons for that decline – organized sports teams being, I think, a primary cause, but it’s still a shame. Learning how to camp, how to treat the woods with respect and even, God forbid, to honor the Scout Code are not bad things at all. I can’t say I always honored that code as a teenager but at least I knew I was doing wrong – guilt can be a wonderful tool for curbing bad behavior – just ask a Catholic!