scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Camp Baldwin (revised thinking)
William Sheehan, Jr. (w.sheehan.jr@POSTOFFICE.WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Mon Jul 24 2000 - 09:37:36 CDT
A question about a specific camp was asked relating to cooking in camp as
opposed to eating in a Dining hall. While this is a valid question it is
often in place of a question which is overlooked. That is: What do you want
out of summer camp? Some troops go to camp because it is a place for the
boys to earn merit badges. Having to cook in camp takes time away from that
agenda. (Forget that you and I can cook and clean up in a half hour; It's a
two hour ritual for the boys.) Hard to earn an MB while scrubbing pots in
camp. Yes, this runs against the grain of the Patrol method, but serves the
boys well for the purpose they are at THIS summer camp. The focus of the
campout and what serves the boys best should be considered. An active troop
camps many times a year and will use the patrol method cooking on most.
Our troop does two summer camps each year. The first is at the traditional
BSA reservation with what I call a merit badge school. ALL are requested to
come to that camp. Even the older guys can earn a badge or two and help the
younger guys, too. The second camp is a HA trip. This year the boys will
drive to Canada and take a train to a Canadian Provincial Forest and then
back pack for 5 days. All gear is carried on your back. No merit badges.
Patrol method is used for everything from campsite selection to cooking. You
must have earned First Class to be eligible for this trip.
Two camps, two different focus. Two different types of meal prep.