Re: carts for camp
(no name) ((no email))
Sat, 9 Feb 1991 00:57:00 EST
Sorry about the earlier entry....
I am using a terminal and it gets stuck sometimes...
In the May-June 1985 Scouting, on page 4, is a article about the old
carts you speak of. There is a description but no diagram except for the
" As sketched by Wilder, the cart was a big box made of one-inch
packing case lumber. It was about four feet wide and six or seven feet long,
with a depth of eight to 12 inches. The box was mounted on two wooden buggy
wheels. At first a long tongue was attache to the front, but some troops
changed this to two handles and a cross bar. Others added drag ropes. The
cart could be compactly loaded with everything a patrol needed for a camp.
The cart was desinged to be dismantled and used as camp gear. Its sides came
apart and served as benches. The bed had folding legs attached, so it became
a table when dismounted from the wheels.
"Wilder worked out his system in great detail and set if forth in
a pamphet called "THE PINE TREE PATROL", published by the BSA and available
then at Council service centers (some many still have a old copy; ask the
old timers about it...or write to the Camping and Engineering Service at
National..I did and I was supposed to get a copy soon....)Each item in the
cart theoretically had its given number and place, but troops improvised their
own changes in Wilder's plan.
"Trek carts were showpieces. Crack patrols gave demostrations of speed
in dismantling and reassembling them. "To reach even ordinary skill required
much study and weeks of practice,", says a history of Los Angeles Troop 121.
A troop in Dayton Ohio, reportedly could disassemble a empty cart and put it
back together in 20 seconds. If so, this may have been the world's record.
The record for fast packing of a cart was said to be two minutes, 30 seconds.
"By the mid-20s almost every Council had Pine Tree Patrols. No doubt
this was one reason why camping totals and reregistrations totals were showing
steady growth. But after 1926 BSA publications seldom mentioned Pine Tree
Patrols. Almost every family had an auto by then. And with autos to carry
camping gear on overnight trips, who needed a cart??"
I hope that this helped. Sorry it took so long in getting the information.
No, I am not a librarian or "editor of Scouting things"...I'm just a pack
rat and I've got a natural interest in Scouting and try to put it to good
Settummanque!@HEY!! This sounded like fun.....but I would surely
hate to take that to the Jamboree!!!
Mike L. Walton (blackeagle/Settummanque)
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky 40475
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City