Re: Patrol food purchasing
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 08:31:27 CST
On Wed, 25 Sep 1996 18:41:40 -0500 Rusty Chatelain said:
>I would appreciate any feedback about how your troop handles these
>situations and any other information you wish to lend...
I've recently been working with several scouts on Family Life and Personal
Management merit badges and am amazed at the number of scouts who have
never helped their family shop for groceries. I would certainly be
reluctant to turn them loose with the patrol's food money. As with the
advancement process, a scout need an opportunity to learn, practice and
then be tested. Why not build a month's theme around menus and food buying.
I remember playing a game where each patrol got a preplanned menu. We had
to develop a food and equipment list -- EVERYTHING we needed to prepare the
meal. We then gave our list to another patrol. They added what we had
left off and passed it on. We had five patrols and there always seemed to
be something for the fifth patrol to add. Eventually, we went to having
each patrol develop a menu and pass it to the next patrol for the food and
>I would also be interested in the pros and cons of setting a standard fee
>for food on campouts....
I like the use of a standard fee. We had problems several years ago with
some patrols eating very well and others practically starving. One scout
bragged that he had bought all the patrol's food for less than $2.00 a
person. We had some hungry scouts before the weekend was over! The troop
leadership decided to use a standard fee with the understanding that there
would be no refund if the patrol skimped on food. If a patrol wanted to
do a special meal, they could add a surcharge. All money was paid to the
troop and the troop treasurer gave each patrol it's food money at the meeting
before the campout. Receipts were returned with any left over money. A
record was kept of how much over or under the patrol purchases were. If
they weren't about even over a six month period, adjustments were made in
the standard charge. Patrols were much happier when they all ate about the
same. Parents like the idea of knowing the standard fee for campouts.
The standard fee varied depending on where we were camping but we could
always estimate ahead. Park and event fees were added as well as a
transportation cost. Everyone except drivers paid their share of transport
costs. This eliminated complaints from some parents that they seemed to be
the only ones driving.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City