Re: Cooking Skills
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Wed, 6 Aug 1997 12:03:56 -0400
We're blessed in our District with some great cooks, as is evidenced by
certain ones of us being circumfrentially challenged. At our bi-annual
ShowAnDo we routinely put on a cooking demonstration that is heavily weighed
(no pun intended) to dutch ovens. Of course, we also teach them how to do
foil meals, bread on a stick, orange eggs, and hard boiled eggs on a stick.
Gee its fun to watch them blow up!
A few years ago our fall camporee included a "Posh Meal Competition."
Staffers were invited to eat with the patrols, then judged them for quality,
creativity, and how well they could really do the meal "in-the-wild."
I found it interesting that the patrol that took first place used a stir-fry
beef dish done in a dutch over - they bested patrols with lobster, prime
rib, candles and linen table clothes!
In addition, last year we started a "Scout Fellowship Outing". We reserved
a local facility and invited Scouters and their significant others to come
out for awhile to cook, talk, eat, swap stories, play music, eat some more,
share their favorite recipes, eat some more, well you get the idea. No
uniforms were allowed, so non-scouters didn't feel left out. You could
choose to camp overnight, or go home whenever. We didn't get a very big
turnout, but those of us that came had a wonderful time. Sadly, the scouter
who organized the whole thing went to Bosnia for six months to flip burgers
for the troops station there, and no one picked up the ball. We will try to
have it again next year.
In our troop we try to insure that the patrols actually cook their meals.
They are given sample menus and are expected to choose their meals from
them. This has helped eliminate the patrols who decide to have donuts and
milk for Sunday breakfast. We have enough Dutch ovens for each patrol, if
they choose to use them, and make sure the boys clean and stow them properly.
Some of the kids have gotten creative in their cooking. My son created a
spagetti pizza dish, where cooked spagetti is put in the botton of a dutch
oven, then pizza sauce and toppings are layered on top. Then heated enough
to set the pasta. It turned out real well. Members of the other patrols
were lined up waiting for his left overs.
We've also stopped AS's from eating with the boys. We found that, too
often, instead of teaching the boys to cook, the AS's (especially new ones),
were doing the cooking for them. We now have an "Adult Patrol" on campouts.
We set up a duty roster for the adults. Do our own cooking and cleaning,
and generally teach by setting the example. Of course, someone always keeps
an eye out for problems in the other patrol areas.
Sorry folks, got to go to lunch now!
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