Menu Planning

Feeding the Troops Pt.1 : Food on Trips

Scouts – Food is generally handled by Patrols. For any specific trip, a scout should ask his Patrol Guide or Patrol Leader about what the patrol plans to do for food. If the Patrol makeup is unbalanced, the Senior Patrol Leader may choose to form Cooking Groups headed up by Patrol Leaders and intersperse Scouts between them accordingly. First Class and Second Class both have requirements that involve cooking on a campout. When you are interested in being the patrol cook for at least one meal of a campout, let your patrol leader know. The cook then will collect money from each of the scouts he fed. Meals should not cost more than $2.50 -$5.00 per meal per person.

Adults – As a general rule, adults cook for themselves on trips. However on larger trips (e.g. Joshua Tree), the Troop Grubmaster may take over the duties of feeding all the adults on the trips. Trust us, on those occasions, the adults eat VERY well. Please note, that doesn't mean he does all the work - instead his primary job is to organize and direct the whole process. Other adults are expected to pitch in with the food prep, cooking and clean-up. Adults can also form their own smaller cooking groups for other trips as well, but it's not organized by the Troop.

Food Restrictions – It's very important that all Scout families share any food allergies and/or religious restrictions with the Patrol and Troop leadership. PLEASE NOTE > It is the FAMILY'S responsibility to make the Troop actively aware of any situation that may impact our menus and scouts. This knowledge is necessary to preparing a healthy, safe meals that everyone can share and enjoy. If you have any questions about this, please contact the SPL or SM.

Feeding the Troops Pt.2 : Planning Your Menu

Scouts like to eat. Leaders too … but Scouts can really put it away. The goal is that what they’re eating is as healthy and balanced (and hopefully as cheap) as we can get them to make it. To that end, Patrol Leaders are required to submit Patrol Menus two weeks prior to every trip. Additionally menu planning is a requirement for the First Class Rank and the Cooking Merit Badge (now Eagle Required). These menus must meet the following guidelines:

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Feeding the Troops Pt.3 : Cooking For Rank
As mentioned above, several ranks and merit badges have cooking requirements associated with them. Make sure you talk to your Patrol Leader to find out when and where you can complete them. Remember, he can't help you if he doesn't know you need help.

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