Students will investigate the volume and types of food consumed in the shanty lumber camps of the 1800s and early 1900s, and the daily preparation methods employed by the all-important camp cook.

Class Discussion: Camp Cooking
Begin with a class discussion of camp cooking at a campsite, cabin or hunt camp without the modern conveniences of propane fridges, stoves and generators. How is camp cooking different from cooking at home?
- food and utensils must be packed in and garbage packed out
- meals must be simple to prepare with limited variety
- cooking skills are different because meals are cooked over open fires or on wood stoves

Discuss how food becomes much more important when one is camping and/or working hard and living in the outdoors.

Discuss the shanty lumber camps. What do students know about them?

Part 1: Shanty Camp Research

Students take notes while listening to audio clips, viewing images and reading excerpts from various publications to learn about life in the shanty camps of early Canada.

Part 2: Shanty Camp Floorplan
Students will draw a typical shanty camp floorplan.

Part 3: Day-in-the-Life of a Shanty Camp Cook
Students will create a timeline of a typical day-in-the-life of a camp cook and calculate how much food would be needed to feed a given number of men in a typical shanty logging camp.

Treena Hein
Rory MacKay, Betty Biesenthal
19th Century
Ontairo, CANADA
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