Summer Camp Dining Hall Management Survey: Family Style vs.
Ed Henderson (BigEdBSA@AOL.COM)
Sun, 4 Feb 1996 14:13:35 -0500
SURVEY - Request for dialogue &
CAFETERIA vs. FAMILY STYLE What does your camp use????
One of the comments that leaders tend to focus on year after year at summer
camps is the quality / quantity / and manner of serving food in the Dining
Hall (assuming your camp serves prepared meals, a few have Patrol Cooking).
How many camps serve cafeteria style? Do you find it that it takes forever
to get everyone served? Do you find troops finished eating and getting
wrestless while others are still in the serving line? Are you washing dishes
or running through throw away paper or (GASP!) styrofoam products.
What about Family Style? Is the food brought out to the tables by the
waiters so early that it gets cold? Are there scouts at the table to hog the
food while others get none? Does it make the Dining Hall Program run more
Finally, >>>> ATTENTION CAMP DIRECTORS <<<<< which method is more economical
for a summer camp? Do you try and manage your food service yourself or is it
contracted out to a firm like Marriott or ARA Food Services.
In order not to waste bandwidth, I am conducting a survey on this subject on
AOL Scouting Forum, Rec.Scouting, and Scouts-L and would ask that Camp /
Program Directors RSVP to me by E-Mail, I will summerize and post the results
by May 1st. Please feel free to share your ideas, pitfalls, and helpful
ideas. If you think everyone would appreciate your full post, then please go
Every camp has had its "Dining Hall Disasters" a cooler or freezer full of
food going out, the food making scouts sick, a dining hall steward who is not
aquainted with a mop or the drill sargent steward that makes all the scouts
want to go home the first day. Program Directors can share what works and
what does not with dining hall programming.
What are the comments at your camp? Great food, small portions, awful menu
selections, great potatoe bar? What do you do to save money (Community Food
Bank, USDA Milk & Commodoties Program, co-ops, ???). What is your camp's
best crowd pleasing menu selection?
It has been my experience that while everyone can focus on a camp's programs
it is the Food Service that can vary greatly from one camp to another.
Moreover, I have found Camp Directors & Business Managers on both sides of
the coin who swear by their Family vs. Cafeteria style being the best.
Thunder Scout Reservation - Business Manager & Chaplain
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City