Cooking, Scouts v Leaders
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Wed, 29 Mar 1995 11:52:43 CST
I've seen a lot of variety over the years. My preference is a combination
and most of the units who use it like it. Something like this.
Most of the time is patrol cooking but about once a quarter, at least one
meal is papared on an individual or buddy basis. Occasionally, the whole
campout is on an individual or buddy basis.
Leaders usually eat one meal with the patrols and cook the others
themselves. Often, one adult takes responsibility for all cooking and
firebuilding so other adults are free to support program activities of the
Most campouts end with a "troop banquet". This is a make your own sandwich
meal served buffet style just before we break camp to head home. Everyone
makes their own sandwich and discusses the campout (notes taken to improve
future outings). Cleanup is very simple. From time to time, a patrol will
'host' the banquet but usually it is set up by the adults while scouts are
busy with other program activities. In some units, each patrol contributes
a dish to the banquet.
BTW, one of the successful ways I have seen food buying managed is to provide
a set amount for food. Patrol is expected to spend that amount on food. When
the unit first started this, it was in response to one patrol eating VERY well
and another surviving on Ramen Noodles. This has leveled out the menus. A
patrol can request to spend more for a special meal but skimping is discouraged
to limit the number of hungry scouts trying to mooch off the leaders. Adults
work with the same dollar amounts. Once the unit went to this format, adults
were more willing to eat with patrols.
As a youth, in my first year of scout camping, everyone cooked individually.
Finally, the PLC agreed to try patrol cooking for two campouts. The first
was pretty rough but the second was better. So we tried another two months
and by then were sold on patrol cooking. The adults ate with patrols but
I think they had their own cache of food to cover any major goof ups!
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