scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Meal Time
Mon Apr 03 2000 - 12:29:47 CDT
One approach that we used was to do a little of both. Have the leaders eat
with the boys most of the time, but occasionally let the leaders do their own
meals. We did this with the Troop I was with previously. It shows the Scouts
that it IS possible to have something on a campout besides hotdogs, hamburgers
or canned chili. Some of the Scouts were amazed to learn that it was possible
to prepare some of the things we did on just a camp stove and/or campfire. But
reminded them that people have been cooking over wood fires a lot longer than
they have been cooking in microwave ovens - all it takes is the proper
equipment and preparation.
One "dirty trick" that we did employ from time-to-time was to have extra food,
especially desserts. We were usually able to negotiate for the leftovers in
exchange for assistance with the cleanup detail.
Another thing we employeed was to limit the number of times a menu item could
be prepared to twice a year. This kept the patrols from falling into a rut and
fixing the same thing on every campout.
Have a great day!
Yours in Scouting,