Re: Worst cooking experience
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Mon, 11 Aug 1997 17:47:42 -0500
At a district camporee in 1965/1966, our patrol had forgotten to
bring along a chefs tool kit. We asked our Scoutmaster what to do? He
said, "Improvise", so that's what we did.
In spite of offers of help from other patrols, we chose to refuse any and
all assistance and remedy the problem through our own ingenious methods.
Our menu was pancakes and bacon. In leiu of a spatula and fork, we used
the latrine shovel (sterilized over the campfire) as a pancake turner,
and a twisted coathanger for handling the bacon.
Of the pancakes that survived turning, they actually didn't taste too
bad. (Of course you had to get past the idea of what that shovel had been
turning a short time earlier.)
The bacon came out perfectly. Unfortunately the dutch overn full of bacon
was knocked over by a young tenderfoot (oops, I didn't see it), so the
bacon was seasoned with earth. (I cleaned off the bacon as best I could.)
What I remember most wasn't the eating of the meal, but rather the
cooking of the meal. We were cheered on by the rest of the troop as
they gathered around to watch us as we did our best to overcome our
It wasn't the finest meal we had ever cooked, but it was by far the most
fun and the most memorable.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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