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 second-day experience of Jay Mechling while camping with Boy Scout Troop 49. On the second day of camping, Mechling had breakfast at the Snake Patrol site. He decided to sit for a class on orienteering, that is, using a compass and map to find one's way. The troop reassembled for the first troop campfire of the season. At both Usonia III and Good Old New Usonia, the campfire site lies uphill and a few hundred yards away from the camp itself. If Church Rock is the site for sacred ritual in the troop, the campfire site provides a stage for a “social drama” that is part ritual and part play. A typical troop campfire includes the moments of troop that are among the most sacred and serious and the moments that are among most profane and silly.

Keywords: campfire; Boy Scout Troop 49; camping; Snake Patrol site; Usonia III

Chapter.  7062 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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