Re: Camping Meals
don newcomb (newcomb@US2.NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Thu, 21 Jul 1994 14:17:29 -0500
>From: Rick Clements <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>From: don newcomb <newcomb@US2.NAVO.NAVY.MIL>
>}Most American bread is a disaster on a campout; too soft. It squashes
>}flat the first time something shifts in the box.
>To keep the bread from getting squashed, you can use a Rubbermaid or
>Tupperware container. They, also, keep animals like squirrels out for
I think Rick and some others who have commented either to the list
or in private about my ideas did not fully gather what I was trying
to say. This is probably my fault.
On occasion I have "camped" taking a full service of silver, china
and linen into the woods and feasted on pate', French bread, fresh
salmon and pheasant (with white wine for the fish course and a
Burgundy for the game), with chocolate torte for desert (accompanied
by a good Gewurztraminer) and brandy to top it all off. (If you want
a really good buz, try that above 10,000 feet some time.)
But was I camping? What was I proving, other than the fact that I
could handle the logistics of getting all that stuff out there?
This is just "Winnabago camping." What we teach Scouts when we
take them camping is the ability to simplify their lives and to
deal with alternatives. You don't need a bed. You can sleep on the
ground just fine. You don't even need a tent most of the time. All
the Scout needs is a bed-roll (sleeping bag) and something to
keep the rain/snow off. That is enough.
I'm not saying that you should avoid taking Bunny Bread because it
might get crushed and that the problem could be solved if we just
had the right sized tin-box to carry it in. I'm saying we need to
teach the Scouts that you don't need to have your toast and jelly
done just the same way on top of the mountain that you do at home.
I'm trying to say that we should teach alternatives to peanut butter
and jelly on Bunny Bread. I'm saying we should show Scoouts that
you can cram all your food into a little cloth bag at the bottom
of your pack and still eat just fine. I'm saying as long as we keep
dragging those 100 lb patrol boxes and 50 qt ice chests to campouts
all we have taught is dependency.
Sorry, ice chests are one of my "pet peeves." I've been trying for
4 years to convince my son's troop to plan a camp menu that does
not involve an ice chest. I've given up. It is just too ingrained.
The adults pass it on to their kids and it just goes on and on.
By the time they are old enough for a backpacking trip, they have
been totally programmed that an ice chest and patrol box are
indispensable necessities of camping and can't imagine not having
them, so we have to arrange to sleep at a vehicle-accessible place
so they can be hauled out. Grumble.....
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