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Allen Memorial Dining Hall

Food is always on the mind of young Scouts.  One of the first buildings erected at Camp Horseshoe was the Allen Memorial Dining Hall.  Funding for the construction came in large part from the Manufacturer's Casualty Insurance Company of Philadelphia and the building was named for the company's president, James K. Allen.

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Panoramics

 

Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
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Kitchen

Feeding the Troops is challenge for any Camp.  State of the art kitchen facilities have been fundamental to Camp Horseshoe's success.
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3D Object Gallery

3D Horseshoe Grace Block  

The blocks, originally constructed by Troop 217 in 1982 and refurbished by Troop 21 in 1995, display the three graces said by staff and campers during each meal in the Allen Memorial Dining Hall.

 

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1982 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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Construction

In addition to the initial construction in 1928, the Allen Memorial Dining Hall underwent major construction in the late 1950s, again in 1980, and most recently, in 2011.  The first addition added more seating in the Dining Area and the second provided a sparkling new kitchen.  The third again provided more seating in the Dining Area as well as a salad bar.
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Videos

       

Scouts line up during Monday Breakfast at the Allen Memorial Dining Hall.

2005 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Karl "Moose" Winsch plates blueberry pancakes for breakfast. 

2016 - Contributed by Mike Arles  [Contribute Info] 

A camp favorite, Lily the Pink tells the tale of a curious concoction used to treat all manner of ailments.  Strangely, its actual application has never been seen in the Health Lodge. 

1995 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

Lining up for dinner is worth it once you get in and start chowing down. 

1995 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

The Super Bowl of Camping Program - the Camp Horseshoe Sunday Lunch!  Awards, songs and a culmination of a high-energy week ushered in by a feast. 

1995 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 
The staff hands out awards and provides a cheering section before singing "Trail to Eagle" to conclude the week at summer camp. 

2001 - Contributed by Alexander Musto  [Contribute Info] 

Staff members Connor Joyce, Alex Musto and Noah Austin perform the pudding song in front of a captive audience.

2002 - Contributed by Alexander Musto  [Contribute Info] 

Chris "Spud" Truitt, Matt Talbot and Jim Montich perform the ever-popular Pudding Song.

2002 - Contributed by Alexander Musto  [Contribute Info] 
The favorite time of the week - Sunday Lunch!  Where the food is just a bit better and the spirit is off the charts...

2002 - Contributed by Alexander Musto  [Contribute Info] 
The staff and campers get together to form a Konga Line around the Dining Hall for "The Cat Came Back".

2001 - Contributed by Alexander Musto  [Contribute Info] 
Program Director John Callahan leads a rousing rendition of "Old Lady Leary" in the Allen Memorial Dining Hall.

2001 - Contributed by Alexander Musto  [Contribute Info] 

Program Director Chris Helmkamp leads a rousing rendition of "B.I.N.G.O. Go BINGO!" before Casey Snyder introduces the evening game. 

2002 - Contributed by Alexander Musto  [Contribute Info] 
Shooting Sports Director Andrew Coe and Program Director John Callahan phozz up the Boomtown campwide game for later that night.

2001 - Contributed by Alexander Musto  [Contribute Info] 

Camp Director Mike Berkeihiser introduces the message of the day and then the Camp Horseshoe Staff introduces themselves in innovative ways. 

2005 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 

The Horseshoe staff finishes off the introductions with their cheer Allemaine! Allemaine!

2005 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 

Andrew Rettew starts cleaning up after dinner, one of the roles of waiter / KP duty at Camp Horseshoe.

1995 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

The staff puts on a show during the 4th of July dinner meal at the Allen Memorial Dining Hall.

1995 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

Here we see the exterior of the Allen Memorial Dining, highlighting the "Zook Lawn" and the "Stoltzfus" porch.

1995 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

Andy Smith films a bunch of people trying to eat their food but are being distracted by... Andy Smith.  Also, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt is in there too. 

1992 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Lodge Adviser Andrew Coe gets a pie in the face to help raise funds for NOAC 2015.  

2014 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Staff members and volunteers set up for the annual Camp Horseshoe staff banquet.

2014 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Scouts learn the skills of sword fighting - in the Allen Memorial Dining Hall of all places - at the 2015 Camp Horseshoe Hunger Games Camporee.  

2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Director of Camping and Octoraro Lodge 22 Staff Adviser Ray Hayden is presented the very rare Hornaday Award at the April 2015 Service Weekend at Camp Horseshoe.  Scout Executive Charlie Rogers and Dr. Gary Stolz presented the award in front over nearly 300 Scouts and Scouters.

2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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Menus

Ever wonder what the food was like in the old days of Camp Horseshoe?  This ought to give you an idea...
1981 Dining Hall Menus
1981 - Contributed by Alan Hicks  [Contribute Info] 
1982 Dining Hall Menus
1982 - Contributed by Alan Hicks  [Contribute Info] 
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