Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Sodas on campouts
Re: Sodas on campouts
Thu, 29 Oct 1998 18:01:01 -0600
While I was ASM (early 90's, Houston Texas)
o ASM for each patrol approved menus ( after one too many baaaad/no real
food events) One of the advantages of this was to check for food
allergies/medicine interaction after consulting with the Scouts. No chips
or other "junk food" were allowed.
o Colas were not allowed in any form!
o No coffee for under-18 scouts.
o Approved drinks included water, kool-aid, gatorade.
o Aduts followed the same rules as the boys (except for our coffee
injection each morning!)
Most of the time, the adults cooked as a patrol. We did not announce it to
the Scouts, but there was almost always enough of something to put together
additional meals in case someone got off without ingredients. They DID
have to ask!
We had cooking contests fairly frequently when adults would go around to
taste. This really gor the boys creative!
Adults were available as resources to advise with cooking. The adults in
the troop had somewhat of a reputation as "campfire gourmets", so there was
some effort (especially with the older boys) to do more elaborate meals.
Since we have become more active with the district and council, the current
troop leadership has pretty much outlawed colas even in transit. We rent
vans for our campouts, and each van has a cooler with gatorade, water, etc.
We thought the junk food ban was a good way to get the boys to expect and
like good food. On one campout, one patrol was seen firing up the charcoal
around 3 pm. When asked if they were getting an early start on dinner, they
said they were hungry and were fixing biscuits as an afternoon snack (with
jelly, of course!)
When one of our former Scoutmasters took over the troop in 1984, campout
food was hot dogs, chips, 2-liters of coke, and doughnuts for breakfast. He
sat down with the boys on the first troop meeting and announced no cokes,
no hot dogs, no doughnuts. Each meal had to be cooked, and something in a
dutch oven for the evening meal. No one quit!
Peggy Barber 713-768-7747