Monday, December 10, 2012

Mess Hall



What more familiar site could there be to anyone who has ever attended summer camp than one like this of the Mess Hall. This looks just like the one at the summer camp I attended in the 1960's. The picture was taken in 1919 at Camp Ranachqua. I wonder if that camp is still around?

8 comments:

  1. My how boys can eat. It is amazing how much less food I buy now that the boys are away at college.

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  2. The one thing that sticks in my head about mess hall was, one table would be chosen randomly to do KP duty, and it seemed that the table I would eat at would be chosen about 1/2 the time. I may be over estimating a little but I sure did a lot of table clearing and dish washing when I went to summer camp.

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  3. A simple click could solve your rhetorical question.
    http://www.tenmileriver.org/ra/
    It's now a dining hall instead of a mess hall.

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  4. I wonder why NATE hasn't made any comments?

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  5. Sorry, DADD, I was leading a Scout outing this past weekend and I was too tired upon return to check the computer until this morning. We took the boys to a lake up up over the mountains north of our town. It was only car camping this time since we have so many new Scouts and many of them have never been camping. We had them bring their bikes and one of my Assistant Scoutmasters brought kayaks. We alternated doing rides down the fire access roads and paddling out into the lake. The boys pretty much make their own fun too. Great group of new guys all positive and energetic. At night we did some stargazing and identified constellations. Jupiter was particularly close and the clear nights made for some good viewing. I think one of the most endearing moments was when one of our newer Scouts who doesn't have any parents pulled me aside and said, "Mr. Maas, I just wanted to thank you for letting me come on this trip. This has been the best weekend in my whole life." ...makes all the work worth it.

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    1. I have been involved as a leader in scouts for 38 years and have had similar experiences. It is interesting to see where the boys go with their lives. Almost all become successful in their work and more importantly in their family life. Nate; Thanks for your devotion to Scouts.
      Tom

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  6. Back in the 70's I was in a troop considered a "camping troop" Once a month we went, fall winter and spring. Summer was 2 week camp. Camping in the snow at temps 0 and below were the most difficult but no one got cold because we were preparred, just like the motto. Snow is a great insulator for the tent so ya stay pretty toasty warm in the sleeping bag at night and then your running around all day so that keeps you warm as well. Great memories and lifelong friends. I learned so much in the Scouts.

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  7. I bet the jokes those boys enjoyed are still being enjoyed at summer camp.

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