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Jay Mechling

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226517049

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226517032.001.0001

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(p.1) Day 1 Sunday
On My Honor
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents the first-day experience of Jay Mechling, while camping with Boy Scout Troop 49. Mechling began his journey began in the broad, flat floodplain of California's great Central Valley. The trip from the Pacific Coast east to the Nevada line carried him through a variety of ecological systems. The Camp Usonia site is very rocky, with large granite ridges probably ten or fifteen feet high in places and running in parallel lines through the site. Between the ridges are relatively sandy areas where most of the camp activities take place. The folk culture of Camp Usonia exists on several levels. There is the folk culture of the individual patrols—a folk culture determined to some extent by the dynamics of the folk culture of early–adolescent white, middle-class males.

Keywords:   ecological systems, Boy Scout Troop 49, Camp Usonia, folk culture, Central Valley

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