Re: Camping food
Marc W. Solomon (m_solomon@ALLI.COM)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 15:12:28 -0500
At 10:31 AM 8/16/96 +0000, Marie E. Lackore wrote:
>However, if you are a Leader, why
>are YOU doing all of the meal preparation? That is an intregal part
>of Scouting. When our troop (note the useage of the word our) does
>an outing, the boys plan the menu, they write a grocery list, they do
>the grocery shopping, they do the cooking and they do the cleanup.
>The point is a Troop is run by the boys!
You make some very good points here most of which are right on the money.
Meal preperation is an intrgal part of Scouting. But I think you are
missing the fact that this Leader is not taking that away from the Scouts.
In the troops I have been involved with, we usually separate the adults into
their own patrol. With the same budget per person the patrols have, the
adults plan their own meals (unless we only have two adults, then I will
inform the patrols that they will be cooking for the adults and turn over
the adults' food money to the patrols). I do this for a number of reasons.
One, to challenge the Scouts. If the adults can do a gourmet meal with the
same budget as the Scouts have, why can't they.
Two, to keep my adults busy. This way the patrols have a chance to practice
(and observe) how a patrol works together.
Three, to recruit new leaders. I have found it easier to recruit leaders
with the promise of excellent food every time they go camping with me.
Four, to handle the dietary concerns of some of the adults. I would not
expect a Scout patrol to have to meet some of the dietary concerns of some
of the adults. Some have to be more concerned with their cholesterol, fat,
and salt intakes than the Scouts do. While I do not mind taking these
concerns into mind while creating the menu for the adults, I do not consider
it fair to force them on the patrols.
Five, to enjoy the weekend myself. I enjoy to cook and LOVE fine food. Why
should I let the Scouts have all the fun? By having the adults do their own
cooking, the Scouts still have the fun and education of cooking for
themselves and so can the adults.
All in all, its a no lose situation for all if the adults cook for themselves.
Marc Solomon Unit Commissioner
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