Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Cooking Areas (related to Dutch ovens)
Cooking Areas (related to Dutch ovens)
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 15:17:33 -0700
This past weekend our troop had the chance to camp with Troop 68 of Laconia
on property owned by the Wilderness Youth Association. There was a 6'x6'
concrete slab (quite thick) that had been poured some time back for a
project yet uncompleted. With the Association's approval it was used as a
camp and cooking fire surface.
Well this turned out extremely well on Saturday nights supper. Initially
one wood/charcoal fire was built in the middle. It turned out there were
multiple patrols who needed a fire. The Slab worked very well. By pulling
(shoveling or raking) small groups of coals off the main fire to the edge,
we had 2 dutch ovens, 1 cooking grid and on Pot cooking all at the same
time. There was room on this 6x6 for at least 2 more cooking surfaces.
The slab kept scouts off the fire surface, and they realized they really
did not need a big fire to get the job done. When one was done, you could
push the coals back into the main fire, if you needed more you could take
them from it.
I could see this as a real nice item at camps/campsites for cooking, fire
lessons, cooking MB. If the weather was wet, you would not have mud. When
the fire was out, you can remove your ashes appropriately. And the fire
has no impact on the surrounding earth.
The common surface also served to bring the scouts from the 2 troops
together. It was really terrific!
SM Troop 111, Raymond NH
Historic District Training Chair
Daniel Webster Council