Re: Camporee Fire building/food cooking station
Ronald Oakes (oakes@CIG.MOT.COM)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 10:42:33 -0500
Ken Kerns Sr. Wrote:
> I am running a station at our local district Camporee on Nov 2,3. The
> station is Fire Building/food cooking. In years past we have always done
> the string across two sticks and pancakes.
> Anybody have something different to do. I think we are all getting tired of
> this one. The event is timed and skill.
One similar variation to the string burning contest is the water boiling
contest. Each patrol is given a can with a standard amount of water (1 cup
is a good amount), with a little dish washing detergent added. The object
is to be the first patrol to boil the water out of the can. (play with
this a little at home to see how much water is needed to actually get
boil-over). In actuality the skills aren't that different from string
burning, except you have to keep the fire going for longer, and high flames
don't help as much -- so a pile of pine needles won't work!
For something completely different, and cooking related, challenge the
patrol to come up with a creative menu using an odd assortment of food, or
a limited budget and a paper "grocery store." This would, of course,
require subjective judging.
It is probably too late for this camporee, but for the future have your
district hold a "pot luck" for Saturday dinner. Then have the scouts -- or
a group of honored judges -- rate the dishes in each category -- Meat
course, salad, cooked vegetable, desert, etc. -- as part of the
competition. This also gets the entire camp together for a good part of
the day without any other structure.
Ronald B. Oakes
Eagle (1984), and Eagle Patrol 1991
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City