in On My Honor

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780226517049
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226517032 | DOI:

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This chapter presents the first-day experience of Jay Mechling, while camping with Boy Scout Troop 49. Mechling began his journey began in the broad, flat floodplain of California's great Central Valley. The trip from the Pacific Coast east to the Nevada line carried him through a variety of ecological systems. The Camp Usonia site is very rocky, with large granite ridges probably ten or fifteen feet high in places and running in parallel lines through the site. Between the ridges are relatively sandy areas where most of the camp activities take place. The folk culture of Camp Usonia exists on several levels. There is the folk culture of the individual patrols—a folk culture determined to some extent by the dynamics of the folk culture of early–adolescent white, middle-class males.

Keywords: ecological systems; Boy Scout Troop 49; Camp Usonia; folk culture; Central Valley

Chapter.  15100 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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