Scout Summer Camp
Len Slovensky (slovensk@SCRA.ORG)
Thu, 3 Jun 1993 08:09:13 EDT
I have not had the experience some of you have had in attending many
camps, I grew up and attended only one camp, now that I live in
South Carolina, I have my first experience of attending a different camp.
When I was in St. Louis Area Council, basically all troops attended
the St. Louis Area Camp, there seemed to be few exceptions of a troop
going "Out of Council". St Louis has a 5300 aces Scout Ranch about
90 minute drive away. The camp has a 300 aces lake with 4 smaller
camps position around it, 3 Scout camps, and 1 Explorer Base. In recent
years they have started a Scout Ranger Program for older Scouts.
These boys did back packed on other portions of the Scout Ranch away
from the younger boys.
The uniqueness of the St. Louis camps is based around "Patrol Style Cooking".
That's right there is no mess hall. The Troops do all cooking on
campsite over charcoal fires. All food is carried in from the camp
It has been a successful program for St. Louis now for over 25 years.
The newer boys earn many of the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and
First Class requirements through the patrol method. The older boys
have had plenty of opportunity to earn all the outdoor type merit
Virtually all St. Louis Boy Scouts are tapped out on Thursday night at
the OA ceremony. All 4 of the camps have their own ceremony, with a
beautiful lake setting for a most memorable OA call out.
I myself served on Camp Staff back in 66-68. Great times that I will
never forget. Those years at St. Louis Scout Camps bring back memories
that are hard to beat.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City