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A Manufactured WildernessSummer Camps and the Shaping of American Youth, 1890-1960$
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Abigail A. Van Slyck

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780816648764

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816648764.001.0001

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Feeding an Army

Feeding an Army

Mealtime Rituals at Camp

(p.124) (p.125) Chapter 4 Feeding an Army
A Manufactured Wilderness

Abigail A. van Slyck

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter traces the development of the camp facilities associated with cooking and eating. As camps were established far from running water and electricity, the challenge of providing three meals a day for dozens of campers was substantial. As camp population grew, so did the difficulties involved in meal preparation, prompting many summer camps to include a properly equipped kitchen in the first permanent building to grace the camp properly. Camp meals were an integral part of camp life and were always an opportunity for camper socialization. The military-style mess hall allowed campers of both sexes to be deeply involved in food preparation. The dining lodge is a new building type that was less highly charged in terms of gender.

Keywords:   camp facilities, cooking, eating, campers, food preparation, summer camps, camp meals, socialization

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