Re: Patrol food purchasing
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 15:53:33 -0400
In a message dated 96-09-25 18:49:46 EDT, you write:
>I would appreciate any feedback about how your troop handles these
>situations and any other information you wish to lend...
When I was 11 and appointed quartermaster for Troop 17 in American Fork,
Utah, Scoutmaster Ray Beasley promised me the position would be much more
than ceremonial. About a week before the next campout, he phoned to ask if I
had checked with the patrol leaders about menus ("No."). With their
suggestions then I made menu drafts and went over them on the phone with the
Scoutmaster, at his insistence. For the Friday campout, we met Thursday
evening with the menu and projected food needs and went through a local
supermarket, making adjustments to menus as needed. We had a bit of fun
planning surprise snacks.
The campout eating went well. We repeated the process twice more before
summer camp. The first year we took the camp's recommended menus directly
(Camp Maple Dell in Utah National Parks Council). The second year we made
major modifications, and by that time I did the shopping with two other
Scouts from the Troop -- we simply reported back to the Scoutmaster.
Our Troop developed a minor reputation for good meals. We frequently
adjusted menus to accommodate kids working for First Class requirements.
When I left the troop, I don't think the Scoutmaster had much of a role in
the menu development at all, though I am sure there was careful monitoring to
make certain things did not go aft agly.
Trial and error is a tough master, and frequently Scouts take away lessons
different from those intended. I didn't feel that the Scoutmaster was
pressuring me at any time, and I was very grateful for his help when he
steered me away from trouble. We ate well from the start due to his careful
planning and our learning how to plan. Particularly when we camped with
other troops and saw how they did not eat to our standards, we appreciated
Eating on campouts is second only to keeping warm and dry in my book. We
should not spare the teaching, coaching and fail-safe roles when needed with
regard to the Troop's stomach. If I'm seeing less guidance than is really in
your plan, I apologize. But I think you could use a little shoring up on the
planning part, and use this place to show when and how trial-and-error
learning are not always ideal.
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
(P.S. -- If anyone on this list sees Ray Beasley in American Fork, tell him I
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