Why This, Why Now?
Nearly 60 years ago this summer, Camp Tahquitz opened in Barton Flats. One of the most significant summer camp traditions carried over from Idyllwild was the jamboree or “patrol” style feeding, with troops cooking in campsites.
Times change – in society and Scouting. The “central feed” option, first offered at Tahquitz in 2001, now accounts for more than half of campers in attendance.
Four Convenient Ways to Give
- Online donations accepted here
- check the box for Dining Hall
- use any major credit card
- Text Message
- easy, 100% safe and secure
- open new text to 41444
- type: Tahquitz YourName Dining Hall
- press send
- receive instant response, click link, enter your desired amount, submit
- US Mail: send your check to the Scout Office 401 E. 37th St. Long Beach 90807 Attn: Dining Hall
- Phone: call the Scout Office at (562) 427-0911, give VISA/MC/Discover over the phone
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Pledges & Multi-Year Gifts
Important note! Your pledges – cash paid later – also help us reach our goal. Use this pledge form to plan your gift now or spread over the next five years.
The new dining hall will be state of the art. Let’s look at a closer comparison:
NEW Dining Hall
Size – Sq Ft
brick & cement
divisible in 2 rooms
While attitudes and priorities have affected the shift to central feed, troops at Tahquitz who continue to take advantage of the one-time Jamboree Feed “hallmark” of our camping program do so with increasing challenges from all directions: local and national health regulations that are increasingly more difficult to ensure in remote campsites; and then growing San Bernardino Mountain bear population that requires no food can be left in campsites overnight without visits from our furry friends.
Today the Tahquitz staff provides all dining options out of a Commissary building – the first major structure built on the property by the Boy Scouts in the early 1960s – whose builders never intended it to feed more than 40-50 staff out of its kitchen and never anticipated the long list of food storage, preparation, and sanitation regulations that all organized camps must comply with in 2015.
To be a top-flight destination for Scout campers and rental groups alike, the Long Beach Area Council must upgrade the dining experience at Camp Tahquitz to be on par with the incredible property we are fortunate to own.