Re: Scout Summer Camp and
Olan Watkins (o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Mon, 6 Sep 1993 15:37:00 BST
Untill about 5 or 6 years ago one of the camps was a patrol cooking camp,
with all food cooked in the Troop site and issued to each patrol. I liked
that method myself and when I was Scoutmaster that is the camp where we went
to summer camp. However, about 5 years ago they built a dinning hall. The
truth of the matter is, there was more pressure from the leaders than from
the Scouts to build a dinning hall as less work is required from the leaders
where they only need to get the Troop to the mess hall on time in order to
eat. The first year that the mess hall was available, it was an option that
a Troop could use the mess hall or do patrol cooking as they had done in the
past, there were only about 4 Troops that year that elected to continue the
patrol cooking, so the next year it was dropped completely.
I guess the truth of the matter is there are some problems with the patrol
cooking. I always tried to sign up for the first week of camp and during the
first few weeks of camp, fire wood is not that hard to find, but as the
summer goes on it gets harder and harder to find the cooking wood close to
camp and it also get hotter as the summer progresses. So the last 2 or 3
weeks of camp, wood was hard to find and it was very warm here in Texas, so
it might take a couple of hours or longer to cook lunch in the patrol site
and was getting to the point where it was not so much fun, but hard hot work
to prepare food. What the camp provided for cooking is what is called
Sheppard Stoves, it is an open iron box about 2 1/2 feet long by 1 1/2 by 1
1/2 feet. They require a lot of wood.
I believe that if we would forget the wood fires, and issue the Jamboree
type propane stoves to patrols, we might be able to get Troops back to
cooking in patrol sites and away from the mess halls. I don't see any other
way to get all of the folks to summer camp during the six week school break.
Other wise, bigger mess halls will be required. I don't know what they will
be able to do about what we call staff week, where only the staff is in camp
for set up and training.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City