TAC (Transatlantic Council) Summer Camps...a dying breed!
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Wed, 16 Jun 1993 23:42:55 CDT
Talking with Gino and with David got me looking for a listing of the
TAC summer camps...(okay...so I was cleaning out the stuff here and
found a old TAC program book with the camps in there)....it's not all
inclusive, because there are three camps missing: one in Germany
(Camp Bayern), one in Lictenstein (Camp Edelweiss) and the other one
in Morrocco (Camp DuMorco). I've went to *all* of the camps at least ONCE
when I was 12 years old (and when TAC was in it's heyday) and can remember
the good times....
Here's the description of each of the camps from the "Howdy Scouter!!"
TAC program book...it looks like the book was written in 1971 since
the last Council President was in 1973:
----------------------book excerpt follows---------------------------
CAMP FREEDOM is the oldest camp in the Council. It consists of eight
Troop sites and a central dining hall and is located at Dautphe,
Germany, north of Giessen. Swimming is at a nearby community pool and
camp offers tremendous Scoutcraft training opportunities. Camp Freedom
is also the location for Wood Badge training.
[CAMP BAYERN is TAC's High (Outdoor) Adventure Camp. It is located in
the southern Bavarian Alps south of Garmisch, Germany beside the
Armed Forces Recreation Area in Garmisch. Camp Bayern feature a large
rappelling area, a large skeet range and close to all Garmisch
recreational facilities. Kean Lodge has been the alternative site of
all Order of the Arrow activities for Direct Service Scouts. Units
bring own tentage, cook gear, and personal equipment for camp. ]
(this camp was previously a short term camp called Camp Kean.)
CAMP DAHN is a high-adventure, trail-hiking camp which is patterned
after Philmont Scout Ranch. Troops check into Dahn's Central Base Camp
and then hike the trails to various outpost camps where the programs
take place. There is an excellent swimming pool at the village of
Dahn, which is used for the Aquatics program. Food is prepared by the
[CAMP EDELWEISS is a low-impact camping facility located near the
banks of the Rhine River near Schaan, Liechtenstein. It features
four Troop and four Patrol campsites, a central dining
hall/headquarters building, and three lodge buildings for Scoutcraft
and extended hiking programs. The view each morning to one of
Austria's highest mountains is simply eye-popping! ]
KANDERSTEG is the International Scout Camp located at Kandersteg,
Switzerland, and utilized by experienced Boy Scout and Explorer units
of the Transatlantic Council and the Direct Service Council. Units
take all of the their tentage, cooking utinsils, personal equipment
and hiking gear, prepare their own meals, and carry out their own
rugged mountain program. Seasoned Scouts attending this camp will
have an opportunity to meet Scouts from many lands and to scale many
challenging peaks. Troops have a high time.
CAMP KARADENIZ is located near Karamursel, Turkey. It features an
outstanding Aquatics program, with the highlight being a swim across
the Bosporus from Asia to Europe.
[CAMP DUMORCO is located near Rabat, Morocco. It features a
outstanding outdoor and conservation program and also features a
superb view of the the Atlantic Ocean from hilly campsites. ]
CAMP TUSCANY is located just south of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in
sunny Italy. It operates Jamboree style with more Troops from Germany
finding this is the place to go for fun in the sun and the tops in
CAMP MOHAWK is a new facility located at Greenham Common, RAF Base.
This camp promises excellent opportunities for advancement and
Scoutcraft activities. (I don't know if Camp Mohawk still is around;
other English camps have been used for TAC units since this printing)
CAMP OLE is located on a large clear lake near Seville, Spain. The
area offers many miles of hiking trails, forests and mountains.
Cooking is Jamboree style. This fine camp features an outstanding
aquatics, Scoutcraft and field sports program.
CAMP YASOU is in sunny southern Greece not too far from historic
Athens. Swimming is sparking clear salt water, outstanding
opportunities for advancement, fun and fellowship await Scouts at this
campsite. From the Plains of Marathon to the rocky cliffs at
Palamithi it would be difficult to find a camp with a more spartan
Many other excellent short-term camping facilities are available for
your use. You can arrange for a camel safari across the Ethopian
Desert or an air-conditioned igloo on an ice floe in Iceland. In
several areas Order of the Arrow members have developed "Where to Go"
information. In any case, your District Executive can tell you where
to go (and vice versa).
---------------from "Howdy Scouter" circa 1971------------------------
When I returned to Germany in 1983, I found that several of the camps
have indeed closed except to local unit camping: Yasou (which I am
missing a segment from: if any of you have a segment with the Greek
flag and the lettering "Yasou" in black in the center--I want to make
a muchodenero deal with you!), Karadeniz (which the only segment I
have is the one made with the Turkey flag and the lettering "Turkey"
in black--I'll trade it for a REAL Karadeniz camp segment!!), and
Dumorco don't exist anymore...the American presence there left soon
after the middle 70s....Camp Mohawk I don't believe is being used
anymore by TAC as well as Camp Edelweiss...which I think is being used
as the Direct Service's EuroAsian District's camp now; not sure..I
remember going there in 1973 as a Direct Service Scout and being told
that it would be there for Direct Service Scouts only now...) and now,
with the decrease in American military and diplomatic units there,
Camps Ole and Bayern will surely go as well.
Just wanted to relive some pleasant memories before I have to return
to "the real life" and work. If anyone in TAC has those segments, I
would really like to hear from them (or anyone else!)....I also have a
extra "boypower 76" segment to trade as well....or I just may hold
onto it until the Jamboree....
Mike L. Walton
former member, Troop 63, Aldingen (doin' the "TAC tour '71!)
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