There are a number of dining methods around the lake at Goshen Scout Reservation. The two Webelos Camps, Camps PMI and Ross, as well as Scouts BSA Camp, Camp Olmsted, all serve meals in a dining hall. Lenhok’sin High Adventure provides trail meals for their backpacking and canoeing crews. Camp Bowman and Camp Marriott offer Patrol Cooking. Using the Patrol Method, Scouts pick up ingredients and prepare and cook their meals in their campsites. In addition to Patrol Cooking, Camp Marriott also offers the Heater Stack dining option.
But what is Heater Stack? Heater Stack allows patrols to pick up pre-prepared meals and eat them in their site. It is the hybrid, for those looking for a dining experience that is not quite a Dining Hall, but not quite Patrol Cooking. Like a Dining Hall, you do not have to cook your food. Like Patrol Cooking, you get to eat meals in your campsite and hang out with your friends.
Meals in Heater Stack come family style, portioned by patrol. Patrols send a buddy pair the commissary to pick up each meal. Typically, lunch is sandwich fixings. Breakfast and dinner are hot meals that come in large insulated boxes, or “heater stacks”. The camp supplies basic condiments and serving utensils. Campers will need their own mess kits. After the meal is over, campers should make sure to wash their mess kits and serving utensils. The serving dishes from the heater stack as well as the box itself should be given a cursory clean and returned to the commissary so that they can be sanitized and used for the next meal.
Learn more about Camp Marriott at www.gotogoshen.org/marriott.