Re: COOKING, SCOUTS V LEADERS
Doug Gentry (dwgentry@NETCOM.COM)
Wed, 29 Mar 1995 08:04:00 -0800
Good question, Mike -
>A quick question for the NET. Do Scouts cook for themselves and an adult
>leader or do the scouts cook just in patrols and the leaders cook for
>themselves?I was wondering how other units do the cooking.
Our own troop has the adults cooking separately. We wander through the
patrol areas, give encouragement, offer advice (sparingly), but let the
Scouts cope on their own.
A Scouter/trainer whom I greatly admire advises us to have the adults eat
as guests of the patrols. He reasons that the boys will pay attention to
details and quality better when they have a guest.
The one option to avoid altogether (though I see it all the time in other
units) is to have the adults essentially handle the cooking for the boys.
It may result in better food, but no boy learns from that approach.
When I arrived at our troop four years ago the adults really ran the show
(not good, as we all know). With the help of the other leaders we converted
back to patrol cooking. Then two years ago (with the advice of the same
great Scouter) we initiated a cooking competition at one of the first
campouts of the year. As a result the menu selection has improved
Scoutmaster, Troop 1
Doug Gentry - Polaris Consulting
119 Ricardo Ave
Piedmont, CA 94611
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