Troye Kauffman (AEZTROY@UICVMC.BITNET)
Thu, 13 May 1993 09:28:14 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
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In response to Mark:
>Chips, candy, etc... brought from home (or bought at that last gas stop).
>It is an Army term, at least that's where I got it from. It refered to food
>stuffs not from the supply system.
>This stuff, unlike the patrol's food for the weekend, winds up in the
>Tents. The result is that bugs are attracted, tent floors get sticky or
>oily. It can get to be a real maintenance nightmare.
I would like to add to Mark's list of the evils of "Pogey Bait":
(I have to admit, the term has a nice ring to it)
- Bears and mini-bears are also attracted to it. At Philmont, nothing with
any scent (including toilet paper) is allowed anywhere near the tents,
because bears will tear right through the tent to get at it. I have also
seen mini-bears (chipmunks, squirrels) tear holes in packs in broad daylight
to get at food. Even in the wimpy woods of central Illinois, the 'coons are
real pests, and will come in your tent at night to get stuff.
- I'm not a big fan of junk food anyway, and know that some kids will ignore
camp food if they know that they have a prepackaged backup.
However, I know that some kids will ignore camp food anyway, and will end up
with low blood sugar, which brings these typically Tenderfoot Tommy Types one
step closer to homesickness.
It's a good idea to somehow restrict the use of "pogey bait", but for my own
troop, I would prefer to see it come out the mouths of the scouts (the
restriction, not the pogey bait.) This way, they will "buy in" to the rule
a lot easier.
By the way, the second question is: What's a "pogey"? I might adopt this
term, and I know that this is the first question the scouts will ask me.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City