I don't know what brand of model of stove is in a 1977 Scamp
, but my Brown Stove Works top is held on by spring clips. In the case of my range (oven and 4-burner stove), there are two clips in the front, and after lifting the front the top panel hinges on pins at the back, then lifts off of them. Other models of stovetop from the same maker have just one spring clip on each side. The clips are a tubular pin, split lengthwise, that plunges down into a hole in a bracket in the casing of the stove.
Here's part of the illustration of the two-clip version from the Brown manual - it's not clear, but perhaps it's helpful...
The burner is floating in space because this is one of those "exploded" drawings, showing all of the parts pulled away from each other.
By the way, Chris, thanks for asking about this. While checking the manual for the top clip description, I think I found why my oven door does not seem to be mounted correctly (it seems it was half-removed by the previous owner).
And Donna D. - yes, this manual will be headed your way (on paper, via snail mail) for the Document Center
, when I finish assembling a set of copies.