Re: Patrol boxes
Dennis R. Wokeck (dwokeck@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 12 Nov 1997 18:26:38 -0800
Our Troop stopped using patrol boxes on campouts over a year and a half
ago. Ever since the older Scouts started attended high adventure (and I
attended a venture leader training). We have set a goal of backpacking
each campout. This means that food purchases have to be different, and
the more in the patrol that attends a campout the less patrol gear
(pots, pans, stoves, gas) has to be carried by each individual scout.
We also purchased "backpacking" tents and nylon tarps for the patrols.
(We used to be an all canvas Troop.) Everyone, Scouts and Scouters have
found that cooking and clean-up loading and unloading has gone much
faster with backpacking equipment.
Some questions you might ask:
Is each campout a backpacking campout? No it isn't. We may pull right
up to the campsite, and unload, but unloading is just unloading
backpacks. I do try to stop the vehicles and have the Scouts walk to
the campsite (maybe a half mile) which is just enough distance to give
them a taste, and that maybe they need to learn how and what to realy
pack for a campout.
What about the new Scouts? Depending on the number of new Scouts, I
don't necessarily make them carry every bit of equipment in their pack,
and it takes a while to teach them what type of food needs to be
purchased that is easily backpackable (bread being one of them).
Stove? We have three types. New Scouts from when they crossover until
after summercamp will use the two burner propane stove in order to give
them some cooking skills. This is usually their first time cooking
outside over a stove.
Then we have one burner propane stoves that are sometimes used.
Everyone else used the Coleman Peak stoves, with Coleman fuel.
Dennis R. Wokeck firstname.lastname@example.org
Scoutmaster Troop 856
National Capital Area Council
I am an Eagle (1983) and used to be one too - EC288W
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City