Re: Summer Camp Mess Halls
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Thu, 11 Jun 1992 14:15:44 EDT
I think that there are some merits in BOTH Patrol or JAMBO style
cooking/eating and central mess hall. Our council at one time
ran the "RESORT" camp, with the nice central "dinning facility"
right on the large lake, and the "OTHER" camp for REAL CAMPERS,
way out in woods, cook what you catch style camp, no central
anything. I prefered the more rustic camp for two reasons,
the first was that we had better food, and it was prepared the
way we liked it, with far less waste, and on OUR schedule!
The second reason was the very rustic camp sites, that always
needed some clean up, gateways to be built, and lots of projects
for scouts to EARN badges, and IT COST the scouts LESS!
Not to get off the subject into camp closings, sales etc., however,
we are down to ONE camp. The NON-resort camp was converted to a
NOT SO CENTRAL dinning facility program! However, the first year
troops could still cook at the troop/patrol sites, and bring their
own food. NOW comes the problems relating to what closed the RESORT.
HEALTH and SAFTY problems! Nutrional requirements etc. The MENU
had to be approved by some HEALTH expert! Not that scouts will EAT
what is on the MENU, but you have to have an approved menu. SO the
next year, troops could no longer BRING their OWN food to camp.
However, you still had the option to COOK at your site, you just
had to go pick up the food at the NOT-SO central hall. That added
extra time to the preparations, and tied up more of your schedules.
I think MOST units gave up and just eat at the central MESS!
SO, some of the restrictions in our area are imposed for state
or federal health and safty rules. I expect it might be the same
in other areas. I think this year all the Latines will be "sanitized"
with those little paper strips, and they drained and cleaned the
lake so it would be safe for swimming. Next they will pave over
the campsites I expect! Needles to say, we are going on an OUT
of council TREK this summer, to see if we can find some wilderness
where chipmonks and raccoons are still allowed!
DOn, still scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City