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Letters from Mexico
Part Two: Meztitla
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Entrance to the Boy Scout Camp, Meztitla. Photo by author
Outdoor recreation areas abound in Tepoztlán. This article is about the Boy Scout Camp, Meztitla, which is a major jamboree site in Mexico, hosting both national and international events.
In this series, we covered parks and one other camp. Meztitla differs in that it encompasses 22 hectares (54 acres) of wilderness with access to the Tepozteco National Forest, 233 square kilometers. I've written many blogs on trails in this national park reserve. Check my archives page.
The first part of this acreage houses administrative buildings, space for campers, and other structures related to the Boy Scout organization.
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. The entrance to Camp Meztitla. Photo by author
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Further into the Camp Meztitla entrance. Photo by author
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Going deeper into Camp Meztitla. Photo by author
In this section we'll look at some of the spaces where scouts have their ritual activities: for example, the flagpoles and lodges.
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Flagpoles at Camp Meztitla. During international jamborees, flags from many countries are displayed. Photo by author
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Lodges at Camp Meztitla.
This slide show features other function areas at Camp Meztitla: the fire circle, dedication space, administration, and the lovely surrounding views.
Here are some links where you can learn more about Camp Meztitla and the Boy Scouts in Mexico:
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Letters From Mexico offers a picture of the people and places of Mexico as seen through the eyes and camera of a retired expat. This sampling of Mexican cities and nature spots will enchant you. You’ll meet many creative people along the way. Sprinkled with lavish images—photos, collages, slideshows, and videos—the author documents his life and travels. If you are considering travel or relocation to Mexico, you’ll find a valuable source of information from the author’s life-changing encounters. Read it and revel in the journey. NOTE: This is a compilation from my blog with the same name.
Mix three parts travel adventure, two parts adjusting to a different culture, with one part personal growth, and add a pinch of reflection: the recipe for Better Living in Mexico. Mexico is an epicurean's delight:
“ . . . the central town open air market was a delight to the five senses! Vendors shouted out their wares . . . fruits and vegetables with the colors of the rainbow . . . a variety of delicious-smelling foods pulled at me with their aromas.”
Mexico? What made the author decide to move there? The subtleties of settling in were challenging. At times his acculturation was humorous:
“. . . I met the cleaning ladies leaving after their day of work. I greeted them with “Buenos días señoritas!” They tittered, and I later learned that “señorita” is for young, unmarried girls.“
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Don, I am confused. I thought it was one Memoir and now you mention two. Also,disappointing..... very little about the actual boy scout camp....its structure, as you describe and photograph/ video it.... seems more like a general kind of camp. It would be interesting to write about the actual daily activities. / schedule of a Boy Scout Camp.....I wonder if it is markedly different from one in the US. ...different food? ever rented out as a space for girl scouts/I didn't know that there were many Mexican Boy Scouts....that would be interesting to find out more about.
I added a note to clarify that one of my publications is a memoir and the other a complication from this blog with the same name. Sorry to confuse. Thanks.
Yes, I did put this one together quickly and it lacks information. I will try to answer your questions as best as I can.
This camp is used only for special events that happen every couple of months on average. I do not know what the activities happen then. These are called "Jamborees," I think. When one says "Boy Scouts" in Mexico, girls are included. I do not think the girls have a separate organization. I always see them mixed. I am sure they provide Mexican food. And sorry, I don't know much about the scouts in the US, so I can't make a comparison.
Towards the end of the article, I added a documentation section of links, in case you want to learn more.