Summer Camp Mess Halls
Masahiro Sayano (sayano@MICRO.CALTECH.EDU)
Thu, 11 Jun 1992 10:48:16 PDT
Greetings, Fellow Scouters!
My unit prefers to go to summer camps with Jamboree-style feeding, where
the units cook their own food instead of eating in a mess hall. The
reason for this is not religious or dietary; we feel that having the boys
work together to cook and clean up is important to the patrol method.
In fact, we prohibit the use of propane or charcoal impregnated with
lighter fluids; we use only wood or charcoal to cook on.
Here's my question/problem: Almost every summer camp in existence today
allows only mess hall feeding. We thought we had special permission from
the council to do Jamboree feeding on wood stoves (sheepherder stoves)
this summer, but somewhere along the line the camp staff balked; we got
an agreement to use propane stoves for half the week. What's the big
deal? Why are camps so adamant to set up mess halls and avoid unit
cooking? We even suggested that we could bring in the food from a nearby
town, so it can't be the trouble to buy and deliver the materials. And
units cooking for themselves mean less work for the camp cooking staff.
I'd like suggestions on how to go with this. Cooking on propane is bad
enough, since it is contrary to our unit's program methods. Finding a
camp with Jamboree feeding is difficult. And is it true what the staff
told us, that most units (he quoted 99%) wanted mess hall cooking. I
guess we were the 1% that opposed it. If it is true, then why? Merit
badges? From what I heard here, summer camp merit badges are given away,
not truly earned, and the boys in our unit earn just as many badges as
those who eat in the mess hall. As far as free time goes, if you include
the time it takes to wait in line, hear announcements, wait again, then
eat, there isn't that much difference from the time it takes to cook it
So, Fellow Scouters, what do you think? We want Jamboree feeding, and
we want some way to get it with wood or charcoal stoves. How can we do
this? Any other units feel as we do? How do you work your situation
out? And, are there any good Jamboree feeding camps out there?
Yours in Scouting,
Los Angeles Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City