Re: Summer camp
Len Christiansen (lrchristiansen@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 14:30:42 -0500
> But I'm going back to summer
> camp for the first time in 4-5 years, what else is useful or handy that camps
> tend not to have or have in inferior quality.
> Besides hand tools. Lots of hand tools. Saws. Drills, etc.
> So what else goes in the car this summer?
Leather scraps, leather tools and stamps, paints and brushes, leather or
plastic thonging, blocks of soft wood for carving and whittling, various
grades of sandpaper, spools of different colors of cord (string),
feathers, beads, lots of pencils! and extra paper!
I don't know where you camp, but I bought one of those small, battery
operated fans from Campmor a couple of years ago. It has been the best
approx. $30 I ever spent for summer camp in Camp Maubila in Lower
Alabama. Runs all week on four "D" cells. Of course, I have to set out
traps and snares to keep my Scouts from snatching it! <VBG>
An Assistant Scoutmaster I used to camp with always brought along a
number of straight branches about 30 in. long. He precut a notch
(mortise) in one end. These branches were usually cut several months
before summer camp so that they they were dried out. While at camp he
picked up pieces of fatwood along the trails. During free time around
the campsite he whittled the fatwood into arrowheads and fletchings,
tomahawk heads, and necklace parts. From colored cording he would braid
necklace ropes. He would use more colored string to lash the arrowheads
and fletchings or the tomahawk head to the branches he had brought to
make arrows and tomahawks. A piece of coat hanger wire heated in the
coals of the campfire and flattened with a few blows from a hammer
became a wood burning tool to decorate the necklaces. Colored cord
whipping to decorate the arrow shafts and tomahawk handles. More braided
rope to hang them up around the adult leaders campsite.
At the end of camp the Scout who earned the most merit badges that week
got first choice of any of the items. The Scout with the next highest
number of merit badges got second choices, etc. He had a system for
deciding ties, but I don't remember what it was. Every one went home
with a prize! The boys loved it!
Len Christiansen firstname.lastname@example.org
SA Troop 292, Mobile, AL ...I used to be an eagle (SR-101)!
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