Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Department or School/College
Judy Blunt, Dan Spencer
Boy Scouts of America, New Mexico, Philmont Scout Ranch, Wildfire, Outdoor Education, Fire Ecology
University of Montana
Ground Fires is a collection of creative nonfiction probing the social and environmental complexities that marked the narrator’s long membership in the Boy Scouts of America. I grew up a Scout, part of a quirky, adventurous troop in a New England college town. After earning Eagle and graduating high school, I moved west, working for seven summers and a few more seasons at Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico. I led backpacking trips through the mountains and high desert, teaching teenagers about land I knew and loved, land that was changing fast. From bears to wildfire to challenging politics, these stories seek the colorful people and places behind a uniquely American institution, in hopes that Scouting might serve as a bright force in shaping the future of our diverse and wild country.
Hart, Matthew R., "GROUND FIRES: Essays on Land and Scouting" (2017). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 10994.
Available for download on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
© Copyright 2017 Matthew R. Hart