Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Cool looking Troop camp sites
Cool looking Troop camp sites
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 15:08:25 -0600
>We went to a camporee this last weekend and it was great. our little troop had
a great >time but we looked like a small group of homeless people the crashed
>Were do we get plans for the one sheet of plywood tables and troop boxes and
other >things that help make a camp site?
I have to agree, after our first camporee, I was also impressed by the many well
equipped Troops in our district. Here's how to start. First you build the Patrol
Boxes (which cost a lot), then you buy tents and tent boxes to match and lots of
equipment like lanterns, stoves, pots and pans, griddles, propane tank with a
tree (which all cost lots and lots of money), then you have to find a trailer to
haul them in. Then build the tables (which weigh a ton) and dinning flies with
poles. Of course now you need a bigger trailer which requires a full size truck
new small Troops may not have. So you sell your Dodge mini van and buy a truck
(which cost a lot) to pull the new trailer (which cost a lot). Now you have the
one Truck which you hope the owner will go on every campout and activity where
you need to haul all this neat stuff that makes your campsite look like the
other Troops. Then in February, you get a bunch of new Scouts so you go back out
and build more Patrol Boxes and Tables and buy more lanterns, stoves, pots and
pans, dinning flies but you can't find any volunteers this time to build the box
or table because you have to fit work in there somewhere. Wow, all because a few
other Troops looked pretty good. This is assuming you have a storage area to
keep it in.
A little hindsight from someone who has been there and done that, it takes a lot
(a lot) of time and energy to start a new Troop that builds men of character and
integrity using the Eight Methods of Scouting. Are sure you want to use a lot of
that time and energy to build a nice looking camp?
Congratulations on your new Troop. Your going to have a great time and a very
rewarding experience. Please keep Scouts_L updated on your progress. Hope to
hear from you soon. Hopefully you will soon say "I love this Scouting Stuff."