Masahiro Sayano (sayano@MICRO.CALTECH.EDU)
Fri, 24 Apr 1992 09:12:49 PDT
Greetings, Fellow Scouters!
On the subject of Summer Camps, there are two that my unit, Troop 738 of the
Los Angeles Area Council, has frequented recently:
LAKE ARROWHEAD SCOUT CAMPS
Operated by the Los Angeles Area Council. It is actual a number of camps
put together. There are two subcamps for Boy Scouts, Circle X Bighorn and
Pitchess Camps, a medium-adventure (can't be high adventure; it's too easy)
John Wayne Outpost area, Northrop family camp, and Pepperdine scout camp,
which is now a cub scout camping area. IMHO this place used to be better
in some ways in years past; it has improved in others. On the plus side,
there is a lake (man-made) for canoeing/rowing, new climbing wall at CXBH,
a COPE course, and the JWO is a not-too-recent but excellent addition. ON
the down side, the excellent Pepperdine campsite was closed (though the
scouts' loss is the cubs' gain) and made into a cub area, and the camp will
be catered (gasp!) by Mariott (I guess they're keeping the dining hall....
but as a matter of principle and a part of our troop program (not dietary/
religious/etc reasons) we want to go to a Jamboree feeding (cook your own
food style) camps.).
TAHQUITZ SCOUT CAMP
Operated by the Long Beach Area Council. Last time we went, it was an all-
Jamboree feeding camp, with a rather large area and excellent hiking
opportunities. There's even some medium-adventure hiking trips organized
by the staff to various places. The staff, I believe, is all-volunteer in
that they are not paid (or are paid a pittance) for the job; despite this
(or because of this; take your pick) they are/were a pretty good bunch.
On the plus side, they are Jamboree feeding, have plenty of facilities nd
possible activities, and their staff is above average. On the down side,
they are open for a short (5 week) period and have a highway cutting across
about 1/4 of the camp, which means that some boys have to cross the highway,
which is not really a safe thing to do, at least twice a day. (We got
around the second problem by posting at least one of our older boys as
crossing guards at all daylight hours for everyone's protection.)
By the way, if you know of any good Jamboree feeding style summer camps in
the Los Angeles area, please let me know. As I mentioned earlier, we would
like to take our boys to those camps for training and program purposes.
Yours in Scouting,
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 738
Los Angeles Area Council
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