Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Spit roasted bunnies - was pheasants
Spit roasted bunnies - was pheasants
Ian N Ford
Wed, 7 Apr 1999 14:12:40 +0100
I remember that when I ran an Air Scout troop in the 80s we decided to do a
survival exercise, and that included skinning a rabbit. Snaring is illegal,
so we had the rabbits from a local butcher. By law they have to be gutted,
but the Scouts still got to skin them, spit roast them and eat them with
freshly boiled young nettles and oatmeal cooked in gravy from their survival
One lad said he couldn't eat rabbit because he had a pet rabbit at home ...
however, eight hours without food and the smell of roasting rabbit changed
his mind. His comment was " Hey, that's GOOD ... when I get home Benjamin
Bunny gets it ... " - this accompanied by chopping motions with his hand.
I'm pleased to say that Benjamin actually lived to a ripe old age, but Steve
did persuade his mother to cook him a (butcher's) rabbit pie !
But I always made sure that parents had a copy of the camp program and menu
that the PLC had agreed, so they knew what was going on. I did two copies of
the camp information, one for the parents and the other for the Scout to
bring to camp. The pack had a kit list, medical form, program, menu,
activity information, travel arrangements and some basic training handouts,
as well as
duty rosters ( planned by the PLC ) and a nominal roll of those on camp.
There was the emergency Home Contact telephone number for parents to contact
us in an emergency.
ADC (AT) Greenwich District, London UK