Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Dutch Oven Table
Dutch Oven Table
Ronald W. Fox
Sat, 24 Oct 1998 22:07:06 -0500
Troop 69 did this at Camp Shin-Go-Beek this summer on the Camp cook's day
off, on the 3rd day of what turned out to be 11 inches of rain in 4 days:
Take the three all-metal milk cartons that the food came to the site in.
Stack them all one on top of the other just under the edge of the dining fly
so the rain won't get in the food.
Cover the top with a bunch of 1.5 inch x 1.5 inch by 12" long tent stakes
that have been sitting out in the rain for the last 3 days and are
Put the dutch oven cover on top of these, upside down, in the center.
Put 4 more stakes diagonally across the corners, around the dutch oven top.
Take a charcoal starter chimney full of hot coals. Dump on top of dutch
oven cover. Some will fall out, these are contained by the tent stakes.
They're wet, so they'll hold up for a while.
Place dutch oven on top of coals, or place large aluminum pan that you
liberated from the dining hall on top of 4 diagonal stakes, which thus
suspend it over the coals. Start cooking pancakes (breakfast), or for
dinner, take the hamburger and vegetables that some unimaginative person on
staff thought we'd make foil meals out of and make some grilled vegetables.
Grab some onion soup mix and some canned soup out of the Troop patrol boxes
that you brought to camp on general principles. Mix dry soup mix into the
hamburger. Make patties. Take vegetables off of grill, put in pot and keep
warm over backpacking stove that you also brought on general principles
(said general principle being known as, "Be Prepared"), suspended by cast
iron tripod you bought at the Voyageur's re-enactment camporee last year and
have been dying to put to use (I love bringing the Troop trailer to
camp...!). Put hamburger patties on pan. Cook some of the grease out,
dispose of said grease properly and dump soup on burgers. Watch as the
(just arriving) Camp Staff's facial expressions change from resignation to
pleasure as they recognize that they're going to get a decent meal tonight.
Get fancy and split and brown buns that we got from dining hall that were
left over from lunch (you never know if you don't ask). Say grace and dig in.
Nothing like a good meal in camp on a rainy day.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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