scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Patrol Cooking Camps and Memories
Clarence Mabry (chm-moon@SCESCAPE.NET
Sat Jul 29 2000 - 08:51:29 CDT
In 1968, Camp John J. Barnheart in Central Carolina Council did not have a Dining
Hall. The Camp was two years old and it was my first Scout Camp experience.
That year the camp stoves were open grate charcoal stoves on a pedestal and a fire
ring for heating up wash water. Our Camp site was as far away from the commissary
as one could be and still be on scout property, down beside the railroad (new troop
at camp that registered late). It was up hill the whole way to the commissary, but
on the other hand the only vistors we had, really wanted to see us.
On the Sunday afternoon when we checked in, we were issued our back pack with the
white plastic trash can lashed to it. Then the Commissary staff informed us that
the commissary was only open for 30 minutes for meal pickup for each meal. It was
our responsibility to pick up our food. We were given a duty roster for the week
and food pick-up was one of the duties.
For our first pick up for Sunday night supper, our acting SPL, a Second Class Scout,
had the whole troop, really a patrol, go to collect the food. This allowed everyone
to see the process. Looking back this was a good idea.
Our meat and milk was placed in the bottom of the back pack, a ice scoop of ice was
dumped on top to keep it cool. A plastic trash bag was then placed on top of the
ice and the balance of the meal was placed on it. Bags of charcoal were stacked by
the door and you just picked one up as you needed it.
Our first meal was a real winner. The powdered lemon flavored bug juice was in an
unlabelled plastic bag. The lemon scented dishwashing soap was in an unlabelled
plastic bag. Five first year boy scouts, one scoutmaster and two staff members did
not get much sleep that night. We all looked pretty rough the next morning. But I
was not late for breakfast pick-up and I did ask which item was the soap.
Such little things remain in a unit's history for years. I still like the patrol
method cooking at scout camp.
Clarence Aiken, SC
In Cub Scouts now with a 1st year Webelos scout.