Re: Patrol Cooking at Summer Camp
Len Slovensky (slovensk@SCRA.ORG)
Fri, 4 Jun 1993 11:23:44 EDT
St. Louis Council camps decided to go with the patrol method at
their summer camps, for more than cooking. The patrol method
serves as the vehicle for the boys learning to work as a patrol.
In cooking on campsite the patrol learns to function as a group.
The boys learn what their duties are for each meal, and how to rotate
those duties for each meal.
Yes the troops can teach this on weekend campouts,but a week long session
for a patrol functioning as a patrol really bring home the point. Summer
camp can offer the opportunity for troops to really function as a patrol.
New boys crossing the bridge from Webelos to Scouts are placed in
patrols, this is usually done in the spring. Summer camp is their
first major event with a troop. It then becomes the learning tool for these
boys to find out how a patrol functions, and how they must work together.
Teaching boys to work together and deligate responsibility, that's what
patrol method is about. Letting the boys discover how to cook, build fires,
clean up, is a good learning experence.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City