scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Cooks and Lessons
Dale Karweik (karweik.1@OSU.EDU
Mon Apr 03 2000 - 15:00:43 CDT
The comment was made that most boys believe that the adult leaders can cook
better that they can. Maybe, but they can be encouraged and challenged.
When I was SM, the New Scout patrol had been counseled by one of the "den
dads" that they should make some thing they knew how to make - foil
dinners. Several came over to the adult patrol that was in the last stages
of making rice, salad with a light soy-sesame-vinegar dressing and chicken
teriyaki made from scratch. One Scout asked if they could make something
like this at the next campout. When I asked why he was asking, he told me
of the adults advice. I told him as I have told every Scout who asked me
-they could make anything they wanted to. I also told them if they needed
help to talk to the other Scouts and if that wasn't enough they should talk
to their parents or the other adults. I was told that if he wanted to
learn how to cook, it would have to be at Scouts because his parents and
all the other adults he knew either ate out, ordered in or defrosted and
none of them knew how to cook. He became a very good cook - better than
many of the daults in the troop.
How do we challenge patrols to cook? In the Troop I was in - they let me
serve as SM I didn't own it ;) - we encouraged cooking by a number of ways.
We scheduled enough time for them to make something good to eat. We had
the example of the adult patrol. We had inter-patrol competitions with a
variety of rewards - most successful was adult clean-up of the winning
meal. We also used fixed menus. Adults and patrols would be required to
make the same menu which was selected by the PLC. This was done 2 to 5
times a year and served to introduce a variety of meals and a variety of
cooking methods from simple sauteing to dutch oven delights. Many of
these recipes have shown up again and again. I will admit this started
when I found a patrol had planned on a weekend of beans and weiners for
supper and pop tarts and tang for breakfast. In some cases the Scouts
demo the meal at a Troop meeting ahead of time, but this is not frequently
the case. At least two SPL's ahve instituted menu approvals when the PLC
thought the meals were starting to be repeated or lacked in quality. Our
Troop has not used having adults assigned to patrols as a method of
improving meals after a few observations of other troops that did so. Our
observations are that the Patrols tended to get conservative in meal
planning because they didn' t want to look bad to the adults or the adults
started to pitch in and "supervise" to make sure they got a good meal.
Our leadership - youth and adult - didn't think that either was desirable.
As another Scouter has oft said - this works for us, your milage may vary.
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