scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Patrol cooking camps
William N. Dilla (wdilla@IASTATE.EDU
Wed Jul 26 2000 - 17:09:34 CDT
My buddy Scott Waller down in Missouri was kind enough to send me a pdf copy of
the S-F camp manual and I was able to extract the "Why Patrol Feeding" section
of the document. It's pasted in below. While I kind of take issue with their
time calculations (my own experience is that average time for patrol-cooked
meals is slightly more, that for the dining hall somewhat less), I think that
the rest of their arguments for patrol feeding are very good.
One thing that Scott shared with me is that even at S-F, they've gone to
delivering some of the meals pre-cooked and hot, due to changes in county
health regs down there. My own recollection is that there were previously some
meals (mostly lunch items) on the menu that were delivered at room temperature,
then heated up by the boys. This of course might violate the "keep hot things
hot and cold things cold" rule of food safety.
It also brings me to consider one thing I hadn't mentioned before is that there
are some food safety issues with patrol cooking, especially in a larger camp
where some time might elapse between when things are picked up at the
commissary and when the boys start preparing them. Another problem encountered
with patrol cooking is portion control, since things are portioned out based on
an "average" sized boy. However, the way we solved that one was to have the
younger Scouts' patrol give their extra food to the older Scouts, and it all
WHY PATROL FEEDING?
Approximately 40% of the Scout camps across our country have the patrol
preparation and feeding method. Why? It's not the easiest; it's not the
cheapest - then why?
Here are a couple of comparisons
Patrol Feeding Dining Hall
Pro: Comfortable surroundings. Camp is all together.
Ability to meet as a patrol. Campwide program can be
Patrols are built. Announcements can
be made to
Teaches Scouts self-reliance entire camp.
Better use of time than waiting
Con: Occasional poor preparation. Hot dining halls.
More work. Mayhem of the crowd.
Poor weather can affect
outcome of the meal. Standing in line.
Average time comparisons in minutes
[What follows here is a rather detailed set of calculations. I lost the
formatting for the tables when I pasted these in, so I don't include them.]
Average all Scouts/all meals: 82 minutes Average: 75 minutes
In the end, we believe patrol feeding produces better patrols and more
self-reliant Scouts, so isn't patrol feeding worth the effort?
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