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  • Cost... keep it cheap!

    18 52.94%
  • Easy central cooking

    18 52.94%
  • Bung in - we find one-pot meals more convenient

    8 23.53%
  • Safety... fewer knives, easier cooking, perhaps no raw poultry

    2 5.88%
  • Backwoods - few utensils, direct fire cooking

    7 20.59%
  • Easy - Scouts should be able to cook without instructions or supervision

    11 32.35%
  • Learn about cooking techniques (e.g. poaching eggs)

    13 38.24%
  • Learn about ingredients (e.g. spices, like cumin in chilli)

    8 23.53%
  • Luxury or unusual... we like to include steak or other expensive foods, or unusual foods

    4 11.76%
  • Survival - we like to cook rabbit, natural herbs etc

    2 5.88%
  • Balanced diet... every meal must have a vegetable quota

    26 76.47%
  • Energy... lots of carbs, always pudding

    17 50.00%
  • Lightness... we're often mobile, weight is important

    1 2.94%
  • Fresh... we believe in fresh food for taste/health

    22 64.71%
  • Non-fresh... we prefer to buy food in advance and have easy storage

    7 20.59%
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    Cool How do you choose your camp menu?

    (Poll) How do you choose what goes in your camp menu? What are your priorities? Please choose UP TO FIVE...

    - Cost... keep it cheap!
    - Easy central cooking
    - Bung in - we find one-pot meals more convenient
    - Safety... fewer knives, easier cooking, perhaps no raw poultry
    - Backwoods - few utensils, direct fire cooking
    - Easy - Scouts should be able to cook without instructions or supervision
    - Learn about cooking techniques (e.g. poaching eggs)
    - Learn about ingredients (e.g. spices, like cumin in chilli)
    - Luxury or unusual... we like to include steak or other expensive foods, or unusual foods
    - Survival - we like to cook rabbit, natural herbs etc
    - Balanced diet... every meal must have a vegetable quota
    - Energy... lots of carbs, always pudding
    - Lightness... we're often mobile, weight is important
    - Fresh... we believe in fresh food for taste/health
    - Non-fresh... we prefer to buy food in advance and have easy storage
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    Never had to plan a camp menu(yet) but I'd say it depends on location, method of travelling,programme for the camp and most importantly I M O any foods not eaten by the YP/leaders due to allergies/religious beliefs.


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    A balance of many of them really. Need to keep the costs down without eating crap food or having nothing fresh, it needs to be easy enough to cook so that Scouts can cook it but not so easy that they learn nothing (so some stuff they might not cook/eat at home) and it has to be able to be cooked on an open fire with a max of 5 pans and 2 frying pans (although just using 2 big pans is the preference). Also need to make sure there are some vegetables and plenty of carbohydrates included.

    We do cook a full roast dinner on most camps because it teaches the kids how to, gives them confidence that if they can cook a big meal like that on an open fire then all other cooking is easy in comparison but partly just to show we can.

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    Hmm, I got to three OK then struggled a bit as many of the others are also considered to some degree. Interesting that of the eight votes so far none of the categories has scored an eight.
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    hard one, as it varies on the camp and for how long the camp is, would say in reality for some camp or another it will be a mix of them all.

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    Pretty much all of the above. Different camps have different requirements.

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    Oh thats why we have puddings, for the carbs. I always thought it was because I liked puddings.
    Last edited by Khan; 27-09-2012 at 06:43 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan View Post
    Oh thats why we have puddings, for the carbs. I always thought it was because I liked puddings.
    At least now you have an excuse to have them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Corrie View Post
    At least now you have an excuse to have them
    you never need an excuse, especially for cake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcush View Post
    you never need an excuse, especially for cake.
    There is no cake,
    Cake is a lie..

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    What about special offers on at Supermarkets? These sometimes can alter the camp menu.
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    We try to include a variety of healthy foods with fresh veg, but usually we include a "kids choice" as well, so pizza or burgers. Minimum would be one healthy meal in a day.

    Of course sandwiches features heavily as we was often away from camp during midday meal so had to have something we could carry and didn't need re-heating.

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    I answered from a SSAGO POV...it needs to be cheap and easy (camps sometimes run into 100s of people!)...normally lots of carbs (drinking+cold=lots of energy needed!) and the last two I picked mainly due to the others not quite meeting what I meant...basically it has to taste good (normally that means fresh ingredients) and it has to feel like a full meal (one sausage and a little mash doesn't feel like a meal to anyone over cub age! it needs to have veg, decent portions on the first round and the option for seconds - if you've been out doing a challenging high ropes course, followed by several hours of socialising, you get very hungry!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitb2000 View Post
    What about special offers on at Supermarkets? These sometimes can alter the camp menu.
    Beware ordering stuff over the interweb on a dodgy dial-up connection: a certain person organising stuff for our group camp a few years ago made a slight mistake when ordering with the result that when the supermarket pantechnicon delivered the food to the campsite we found we now had enough individual apple pies for three times the number! That meant apple pies for breakfast, lunch, tea, evenings, and to take home at the end of camp!!
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    If you're going to eat food the next day go LATE but make sure you get to checkout before midnight, as you can get some amazing deals on good quality food.

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