Re: In Quest of the Worst Meal Ever
Bob Costello (bobc775@HOTMAIL.COM)
Mon, 11 Aug 1997 07:13:20 PDT
Chuck May writes...
>When I was a Tenderfoot, my older brother (who now manages the food
>operations of a best un-named Midwest hospital) learned the hard way
>"soaping" a pot means to coat the _outside_ of the pot with soap!
The troop I grew up in, Troop 85 in Greater Cleveland Council,
had two distinct, but related (as it were) traditions. Wednesday
morning was the day that we all made individual fires and cooked
our breakfast (low impact camping? bah). I was about 11, on my
first camping trip and dutifully followed the instructions of
the three eagle scouts who were leading us. I watched carefully
as they soaped the outside of their mess kits and followed suit.
Chuckie, on the other hand, listened but didn't watch.
The second tradition of that day of the week was a cup of prune
juice with breakfast. You see, Wednesday was parents' night and
the Scoutmaster had long ago discovered that boys who hadn't...shall
we say...had a moving experience were much more likely to go home
with mom and dad on Wednesday. So, the theory goes, he would give
us all some prune juice to "get things moving."
After breakfast we were under the pavilion cleaning up the mess
kits. Mine was coming along fine, but Chuckie was having the
darndest time getting his clean. The inside was pretty good, but
the outside was jet black. I asked him if he had soaped it and
he said, "Well yeah, but that didn't keep the outside from getting
dirty now did it?" (with a sort of sarcastic "you ninny" voice)
Chuckie spent a good portion of that afternoon beating a path to
the latrine. We all wondered which had the greater effect, the
prunes of the soap. Considering the rest of us made at most
two trips out (and actually they were more psychologically
induced than anything), I'd say it's safe to say that the soap
did the trick.
Cubmaster - Pack 765 Charter Organization Rep. - Troop 775
Westland Michigan - Detroit Area Council
Former District Training Chair for Cub Scouts
Staff member for Scoutmastership Fundamentals
Certified Trainer - Huron Valley Girl Scout Council
I used to be a bobwhite.... working my ticket -- C-4-96
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