Re: Dinner Time at Camp
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Thu, 9 Sep 1993 13:05:44 -0500
> Rick and Steve,
> ...and I notice with boy scouts. Although not all units, one we saw
> at Kellys Island had three long picnic tables set end to end and they
> set together at table and ate together. They were cooking by troop
> and not by patrol.
> My question: How many of you out there have the scouts set table and
> sit and eat together. I feel lucky if we can get them to gather
> round for the grace (and if the patrol leader will remember it).
> Usually we get one picnic table per patrol (if lucky) and the
> patrol quickly turns it into a kitchen. Scouts get their food
> and sit wherever (but not in the tents!!!!).
Remember Woodbadge or your councils Junior Leader Training Conference?
The meal activities were ongoing patrol meeting/how-goes-it/what is new
sessions. In the troop, I am associated with we have the summer camp
feeding operation and the rest of the year. Summer camp meals have
turned into very good dining experiences when they get it all together.
Usually, with place settings for the patrol and 1-2 guests. Napkins, candles
,uniforms(for supper only,except staff), etc even with the first year
campers. Granted it doesn't always work for each patrol, but each patrol
does its own cooking in site. In the off season, we still do everything by
patrol, but there are no guests and there is usually no tables. Still
they work hard as patrols. We used to have problems like you describe but
we (adults) stopped doing the planning, buying, cooking, and all the things
that get done at home for them.
Jay Bemis, still an OWL
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