Brownwood Scout Camp
1921 - 1922
On the way down to the camp that Tuesday, several incidents to various motor trucks and automobiles delayed the arrival of the boys and party in charge, at the camping place until one o'clock They ate and then went for a swim. The depth of the river was six feet at their swimming hole, but most of it was of wading depth.
Judge E. M Davis was the Camp Director and he was assisted by Cantrell and James L. Childs, Scoutmasters, Knox Chandler, deputy Scout commissioner and James Hiner, Jr., Scout Executive. Two large automobiles were placed at the disposal of the Scouts and a telephone was located at Mr. Ellis ranch.
The Scouts camped in the opening most of the time. Here is a picture that shows the cots all lined up for morning inspection. The camp was very primitive but it did not take the Scouts long to arrange rocks in a straight line and whitewash them. This was a very popular activity for many years at Scout camps.
6:00 a.m. First Call
The next supper was macaroni and cheese, fired potatoes, bread, butter and cocoa. Other meals included a breakfast of stewed prunes, homey grits, creamed potatoes, coffee or postum, a lunch of lamb stew, buttered beets, bread and apple butter, tea. One supper included boiled potatoes, succotash, apple sauce, bread, butter and cocoa.
"We found the boys all comfortably tented, with a splendid camp arrangement, plenty to each and nothing to worry about. We crossed the river on a bridge and it was wonderful to note the substantial nature of their work. Everything in the camp appeared to be ideal and our visit was very much enjoyed."
After the Scout broke camp that following Tuesday morning they were brought back to Brownwood in automobiles.
Second Summer Camp - 1922
This year, after having had less than great meals at the previous summer, they arranged to employ "a capable cook" named C. L. Ferguson to fix "regular army menus" each day. Judge E. M. Davis once again was in charge of the camp as camp director. Other members of the staff were J. L. Childs, purchase supplies; Zeno Ingrum, instructor in Signal work; Ed Coston, teach wood work and art; Harry R. Male, first aid, sanitary inspections; J. H. Ragsdale, supervise all athletics and sports and all the adults supervised the swimming.
Each troop was asked to bring an axe, buck saw or cross cut saw, two hammers and all the tents possible. They left at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 21st, and traveled to camp in automobiles and trucks on the Elkins Road through Regency and San Saba to the camp site on Ellis Ranch. Prior to camp, Mr. Ellis had hired some laborers to cut the weeds at the campsite, another problem they had to deal with the previous summer.
During the first three days of the camp, Mr. Ellis brought meat to the camp from his ranch. The first day he brought a goat, the second day a fat hog and the third day a beef. The food was much better than it had been the previous summer and there was plenty to eat.
The younger boys took day hikes, visiting Baker spring and Sloan springs. One day, Mr. Ellis took the whole group to a cave near camp containing five rooms, one of them large enough to hold 500 people standing up.
On the return trip to home
from camp one of the trucks broke down some twenty-five miles from Brownwood.
Some of the boys walked to the nearest railroad point and came home on
the train. Everyone arrived home safely.
Information for these pages were taken from various stories in the Brownwood Bulletin.
Last Updated: January 5, 2003
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