Re: COOKING, SCOUTS V LEADERS
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Wed, 29 Mar 1995 10:10:03 -0600
At 05:38 PM 3/28/95 -0500, Mike Woessner wrote:
>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.
I have been both with Troops that have the Scouts cook for the adults and
with Troops where the adults cook for themselves. Both ways can work but I
prefer having the adults cook for themselves.
1) I like to cook and I like to do some special cooking on each campout to
show the Scouts what is possible when it comes to cooking outdoors. I try
to challenge them to try more and different things and bait them with tastes
of what's coming out of my camp kitchen!
2) Leadership by example! I don't like telling the Scouts to do anything I
do not do myself. How can I show them how to camp if I do not camp myself.
How do I show them how to cook if I do not cook myself? Cooking and all it
involves (preparing food for cooking, preparing a place to cook, cooking the
food, setting a table, and cleaning up afterwards), I feel, is an integral
part of camping and the Scouting experience.
3) I find it difficult to recruit other leaders only to inform them they are
going to be subjected to the Scouts cooking (although this is not always as
terrible as it sounds, they sometimes suprise even me). I like to take
unsuspecting fathers camping with the Troop, show them a good time and good
food in the great outdoors. Then when they are telling me how much fun they
are having, I inform them they could do this every month. Become a Leader!
This is more difficult if they had to eat meals with the Scouts.
4) Although there are plenty of things to keep me busy on a campout, I find
that nothing keeps the adults out of the Scouts hair like cooking. Without
cooking, I find that the adults have a tendency to intefere with the Scouts.
Part of what I try to teach the Scouts is independence and self reliance.
This is difficult with some parent overlooking everything the Scout does
(and commenting on it). By giving the adult in question their own work,
they become too busy to bother the Scouts doing what they have to do.
On the other hand, I have seen the method of having adults eating with the
Scouts be very helpful. To do this successfully, sell it to the Scouts.
Inform them that Mr. or Mrs. So-and-So is going to be joining them for their
meals on this campout. Inform them that this person(s) has been very
instrumental in having their Troop be a success. Then tell them you would
like it very much if their meals can be special. Build up the whole idea of
having the patrols impress these adults with their cooking and campsite.
Let the patrols be honored by having different guests at each meal. Even go
as far as having it appear that their guests are judging them. Make it a
challenge the Scouts can live up to.
In this way, the Scouts will usually pick up a challenge and suprise even
the challenger. I am not saying to make meal times a competition, but make
it a matter of honor. Meals on a campout SHOULD be special! Let the Scouts
Either way can work for the adults and for the Scouts. It is mostly a
matter of packaging it in such a way that cooking becomes more than just a
chore to get out of the way when camping.
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