scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Patrol Cooking
Alexandria Lone Scout (scouts_alex@HOTMAIL.COM
Sun May 28 2000 - 00:54:06 CDT
Rick et al:
Sorry for the delayed response. Needs must. I assume that some of the scouts
wanted to pack their own food? The comments below apply to the troop in the
U.S. Different rules apply here in Egypt.
We insist on looking at patrol menus at the meeting before each campout. We
also insist on cooking and eating as patrols. No solos or sub-group messing.
Scouts are forbidden to bring candy, pop tarts and other junk food.
Everything, all personal and patrol gear must fit inside the packs unless it
is a car camp in which case one copy paper sized box was allowed. This rule
squeezed out much of the junk. One patrol worked it out so that they had
fresh watermelon at the top of a mountain however. The lads are endlessly
creative given the constraints they must work with. No patrol boxes ever
again. Each patrol can have two backpacker stoves. If they make a case for
it they can have three. Menus haven't suffered despite the more limited
kettle arrangements and cleanliness has improved markedly since everything
gets taken home for washing after every trip.
The scouts do tacos, home done stews and all the rest using fresh and
grocery store stuff. No hundred year old pancake mix or candied syrup. One
of the patrols uses a standard menu and gets stuff in bulk at Price
Club/Costco and stores the unused stuff somewhere away from the troop
For weekenders the food and gear gets divided up in bags and parceled out to
the scouts for putting in their packs. For the long weekenders the patrols
do the same thing but usually have each scout carry supplies for only one
meal so that it is easier to find. On our week-long backpack trips food is
bought by the troop and repacked into bags by meal and assigned by roster so
that it can be tracked down.
All this means is that at camporees we don't have some of the really nifty
camp set ups. We also don't have adults pulling at knots and making
nuisances of themselves looking for Irish Pennants or loose frappings to no
purpose. Everything we haul in on our backs has a purpose or it doesn't get
carried. That kind of discipline is better than rules. We also can arrive
and be running in less than an hour without spending endless hours putting
up gateways. Leaving camporees is a breeze. Down tents, packup and gone in
as little as 30 minutes. Transport is much easier without having to haul
those boxes around and there is no food stored with the troop gear which
makes the sponsor really happy.
Yours in Scouting,
Alexandria Lone Scouts, BSA
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