David F. Delman (Delman01@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 12:32:39 -0400
<<20 Sep 1998 12:21:57 Wendie Howland <WAHowland@AOL.COM>>
Hi CadeCod AuntieB,
Every troop does it different and their scouts
get something out of their troop's experience.
I like your approach BETTER than theirs and =
your scouts will get much much more out of =
it than just initials and a date. A "Ho-Hum" =
"Big Deal it was easy to get signed off" =
vs I know I can do it again and again and
start to enjoy Cooking.
It is too bad yet many adults feel they have
to be "Stamp-It-Sams" to please the scouts =
and their scouts lose some good lessons.
If you can convince your friend to move to
another method, more power to you.
My own preference,
1> The BoyScoutHandbook
2>The Cooking Merit Badge Booklet,
(Has a nice chart in it and piles of stuff)
(Believe me this booklet is underutilized)
2>The Local Food Store Advertisement (for prices)
3>Patrol planning the Meal at the Patrol section
of the Weekly Scout Meeting
(These bunch of sometimes picky eating boys have
( to reasonably agree on what the Cook will cook
( or have some options for special scouts.
-The Cook for 1stClass becomes the Menu Waiter
and Scribe for the PL who leads with an ASM or
Patrol Adult assistance to establish an =
Agreeable Menu. Depending on the boys sometimes
the Cook can lead in place of the PL
-The Cook also works out the Duty Roster
of Fire, Cook, & CleanUp =
so everyone has a Fun and a Grime job.
(And is also counted so they show up)
(NO!! You can't just tend and poke the fire)
( A grimy pot for everyone)
4>The Menu should include some real cooking
items and a balanced meal. (This is hard
for some troop adults to manage)
5>Food Budget ("Ante Up Boys/Mascot Adult")
After the menu is done the Cook computes
the cost, makes a nice chart, of his own
and collects the money before going shopping.
(I have seen the budget done many other =
(short-cut ways yet still like this one the
(most as a teaching exercise for the cook.
(Collecting the money early insures =
(participation and a Sound Duty Roster
6>Shopping is done with a few scouts and
yes the Mascot Adult who will EAT what
THEY eat and prepare.
7>The Patrol ASM, or Patrol Adult guides the
cook and offers "Big Gun" support in =
supervising his peer scouts in assisting him
in carrying out all the requirement on the =
YiS, IMHO, and may we each attempt to live the SO,SL,SS,SM
Mr Dave (Hawleyton, NY (Baden-Powell Council=
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City