scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: special dietary needs
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Wed Feb 23 2000 - 11:33:38 CST
> So, Cliff, when there is no reason to avoid a food ("I don't like it", or
> "because" don't get it) how far should a unit go to accommodate one's
> -Ken Walker
I'm sorry I didn't address your question. I was probably responding to
one of the responses rather than the original post.
When we winter camp, we sometimes cook individually. Often that means
foil dinners made at home and brought along. Everyone brings exactly what
they like to eat. It usually works out pretty well.
Whether religious or not, we try to accomodate most boys. Some boys
simply don't like certain foods, only a matter of taste.
In winter camping situations, food becomes fuel. Poor nutrition can make
a person more vulnerable to hypothermia. In winter it is all the more
important for everyone to eat well.
If your menu doesn't appeal to one Scout and he doesn't eat well, his
needs are not being met. If I had 20-25 people eating together with one
or more persons objecting to a menu, I would be tempted to break down into
smaller groups where individual tastes could be addressed easier.
Another possibility might be to just increase the menu items so there is
almost a buffet type meal. We do that on our holiday campout, where we
have a large thanksgiving type meal. We sometimes have 15-20 different
dishes. There is enough selection for anyone to get a full plate no
matter what their tastes might be.
I understand the desire to cook and eat as a group. It's more economical
and more fun. You have group needs and individual needs to consider. I
try to find a solution that works for everyone.
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