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On 18 July 1936, two days after establishing the camp, Herman Timmerman (Chief instructor of the group) reported the military uprising. "A political revolt has erupted throughout Spain and the village authorities refuse to supply our camp. So our meals will be made with the provisions in our possession. To avoid the lack of all our supplies, as of tomorrow, bread and food will be rationed, he warned.
The Civil War was advancing and several groups of anarchist militiamen came to the camp almost daily for requisition of materials and take hostages, eventually returned after being interrogated by the militias about their relations with the fascist enemy.
Without being able to surpass the limits of the camp, as the militias of the Republican side had ordered in the area, the scouts sought to go unnoticed and to continue with their life in the valley.
Yucca plant and squirrel with a side of baked beans!