Patrol food purchasing
Rusty Chatelain (nighthawks@DATASTAR.NET)
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 18:41:40 -0500
Our Troop looks to the patrols to plan, price, and purchase the food for
their menus... Being a young troop (new scouts and tenderfoot) they need
much guidance in this process. It is our management of this process that I
We've got two eleven year olds (patrol leaders) going to the store this
week. They will be going with two of the troop leaders.... I understand
that these two young men will be given the money collected from their
patrol, and told to shop. Seeing as how these two have never been shopping
for a group before, I expect that they will be uncomfortable, unfamiliar
with what to do, and somewhat scared. The leaders are going to check their
basket before they check out, and give them guidance by asking questions
etc.... "Perhaps you like your pancakes plain?" etc..
Now, I think this would be a good method for us to use with a scout who has
been coached on how to buy, and what to think about when buying etc.... But
not for a scout who has never been put in that situation before. It seems
that if we were to coach them once or twice; and then oversee the buying by
using the method noted above a time or two...... the young man will have
been given the coaching and the guidance needed to know what to do and feel
more confident about it... I'm not so foolish to think that it will go great
for them from this point, but after teaching them what to do, the hard
lessons learned will not be due to our negligence.
I would appreciate any feedback about how your troop handles these
situations and any other information you wish to lend...
I would also be interested in the pros and cons of setting a standard fee
for food on campouts....
ASM Troop 81 - and, A working for my beads, Beaver.....
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