Scouting, Volume 1, Number 3, May 15, 1913 Page: 2
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PREPARING FOR A SCOUT CAMP.
By C. B. Horton.
IT is our desire that every Scout Offi-
that poor boys cannot afford to go
camping However, even the poor-
est boys who can afford to spend only
eight or nine cents on a meal can go
into the woods for a day or a week and
live like kings. Their fare must be simple
but can be wholesome and exactly what
their keen appetites demand. If, how-
ever, seven boys and their leader wish
to go out over Saturday and Sunday,
they could have a bully time with food
that would cost them about $3.00 for
four meals, including Saturday supper,
through Sunday night supper, each boy
paying about nine cents a meal. Here
is a list of supplies which cost about
$3.00, and will feed eight boys: 1 pound
bacon, 1 peck of potatoes, three pounds
sliced ham, one and one-half dozen eggs,
1 pound of butter, 1 can of baked beans,
owe-half pound of sugar, one-half pound
of ground coffee, one quarter pound of
tea, six large loaves of bread, one_ can
condensed or evaporated milk, onions,
pickles, one dozen bananas or other
fruits, salt and pepper and one quarter
pound of cheese. If the boys have
a chance for fishing, of course they
do not need to take meat with them,
and if they happen to be near a farm-
house where they can get fresh vege-
tables they can buy these more cheap-
ly than in the city.
A bill of fare based upon this list of
supplies might be as follows: supper,
Saturday night,—tea, bread and butter,
baked beans, roasted potatoes; break-
fast, Sunday,—bread and butter, coffee,
bacon and eggs, fried potatoes; dinner,
Sunday,—tea or milk, bread and but-
ter, onions, ham and potatoes, fruit;
supper, Sunday,—"left-overs," coffee,
buttered toast, cheese, pickles.
Supplies for a week's time should
include: buckwheat pancake flour, Bos-
ton brown bread self-raising flour, corn
meal, cream of wheat, rice, coarse
hominy and other cereals, dried raisins,
prunes and apples, onions, potatoes and
beans. In buying the food, the Scout
Master should remember that the
growing boy needs a great deal
of tissue-building foods, as well as
that giving heat and energy. In
the first group are; lean meat, fish, eggs,
milk, beans, gluten in wheat. In the
second group are: cereals of all sorts,
potatoes, beans, bananas and carrots.
The boys must have plenty of good
drinking water. Fruit and vegetables
contain a large proportion of water and
are vastly more nutritious when fresh
than when canned. Avoid too much
rich pastry, "soft drinks" and meat of
any kind. The Scout Master can adapt
the sort of food to the locality if he
keeps in mind the general principles and
'the nutriment contained by each artide.
Tableware should include milk, water
and syrup pitchers, meat platter, bread
plate, sugar box, salt and pepper shakers,
two or three vegetable pans of three or
four-quart capacity for each table of
eight. See that each boy brings his in-
dividual articles of tableware such as a
plate—enamel, agate or tin—pint cup,
knife, fork and spoon.
The success of any camp depends upon
the thoroughness with which plans are
prepared. Make a careful estimate
beforehand of probable cost of equip-
ment. supplies and transportation. Have
your equipment ready. Try to have all
rticles which will prove indispensable,
but which might not occur to you as
coming under the title of equipment,
such as certain tools, lanterns, rope,
extra tableware and perhaps mirrors.
Know how to pitch and care for tents
before you start for camp. Experiments
are sometimes costly. Nothing is more
unsatisfactory than a cheap and poorly
made tent. Do not fail to dig trenches
around the tents to prevent them from
being flooded during storms. It is well
to have one reserve tent for use in case
of emergency and to take along 100
feet of one-quarter inch rope, an extra
bag of pegs, and an extra ridge pole and
two uprights. If you use bed sacks, have
them 2J/2 x 6, either tied or buttoned. If
you cannot get straw, use leaves and
small branches. If you must use cots,
see that there are plenty of blankets
under the boy.
It is always difficult to avoid mistakes
in your first camp or even if you have
more experience, but it is wiser and more
economical to prevent mistakes rather
than correct them. Mistakes made by
some Scout Masters are: accepting ap-
pearance as facts without investigation;
impulsive decisions not well thought out;
depending on those not properly in-
structed; failure to safe-guard weak
points; and lack of foresight in
preparation. If your camp is to be a
real Scout camp and have worth while
results, it will not "just happen" that
way. It will be a success just to the
degree in which you pf~ove an adequate
leader, well prepared yourself by in-
formation and actual practice, and ready
to act to your boys not as an autocrat,
but as a real big brother.
In view of the approaching celebration
of Memorial Day, the attention of Scout
Masters is called to a paragraph printed
in Scout Masters' Bulletin No. 5, which
was issued last spring. The paragraph
is entitled "Avoid Parades," and contains
the following recommendations:
"It is unwise for Scouts as such to
take part in street parades or demonstra-
tions of other organizations.
"In fact, parades by Boy Scouts for
show or self-glory should not be en-
couraged even in connection with patrio-
tic celebrations, such as Decoration Day
or the Fourth of July. It might be more
helpful to have troops of Scouts or-
ganized to render practical public ser-
vices by furnishing the marchers with
water or to have the Scouts help with
first aid work, rather than march in the
parade themselves. The scouts of old
rarely made a show of themselves.
"If you will try some such plan in
connection with the local ce'ebritinn of
Decoration Day this year, you will find
that it will make a far more favorable
impression upon the community."
SCOUTS ASKED TO PROTEc.
GAME BIRDS AND ANIMALS
William T. Hornaday Appeals to Scouts and
Scout Masters will be interested in
the appeal of William T. Hornaday, Di-
rector of the New York Zoological
Park, to the Boy Scouts to do everything
in their power to prevent the killing of
birds of plumage and other wild game
for millinery and dress purposes. He
points out that more than one hundred
species of the most beautiful birds
of the world are now being extermin-
ated to meet the demands of the feather
trade, and he wants the Scouts to begin
a campaign of education to teach the
girls and women of the country what
this slaughter of birds and animals
Director Hornaday is striving to have
enacted by Congress a bill prohibiting
the importation of wild birds' plumage.
"Tell the boys to tell the girls," he said,
"that the millinery associations are go-
ing to fight the measure to the utmost,
and will demand that it be stricken out.
With this information it will be unnec-
essary to point out the vital necessity
for calling upon all members of the
House of Representatives and all Sena-
tors, to stand fast for the clause which
will prevent the importation of the
plumage and skins and feathers of wild
birds that have been slaughtered for
"If this measure stands unchanged
until the bill becomes a law, it will place
the United States miles in advance of
all other nations except Australia.
Australia has already taken the foremost
position, and we must give her para-
mount credit for having done so,—even
though it obliges us to' take second
place. Meanwhile, the fight in England
for this cause is steadily going on."
STATE CAHP IN WEST VIRGINIA.
The Point Pleasant Council want
every town in Ohio, Kentucky and West
Virginia represented at their tri-state en-
campment, July 1 to 5. The facilities
for camping are remarkably good, and
there are exceptional opportunities in
the program which has been arranged.
All Scout Masters interested are re-
quested to communicate with ^r. A B.
McCullock, Point Pleasant, West Vir-
WEALTHY SCOUT LEARNS TO WORK.
The problem of earning the dollar re-
quired for the second class examinations
is often more difficult for the boy of
wealthy parents than for a poorer boy.
The wealthy boy seldom has great re-
sourcefulness and is all too apt to get
the money from his parents without real-
ly earning it himself.
An interesting case is related by A.
R. Hewitt, Special Field Scout Com-
missioner in Birmingham, Alabama. He
says: "A boy from a wealthy home
deposited $1.00 in the Savings Bank, but
when I asked how it had been earned
I found that I could credit him with
only 25c of the amount. He said that
he could not think of any way of earn-
ing the money by his own efforts. I
secured him a job cutting lawns at five
cents an hour, and that right near his
own neighborhood. He worked faith-
fully and finally passed his examination.
"Some time later the boy's father asked
me how I had been able to get him to
do it. He said that the fact that his son
had really earned the money was worth
thousands of dollars to him, for the boy
had been entirely indifferent to his own
ignorance and inability, and this had
opened his eyes to the value of money
which he earned himself."
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