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    Food glorious food

    Tonight is our group AGM and Family BBQ... over 250 attendees booked

    Tomorrow our Cubs go off for a weekend camp... 50 people to cater for for a





    Still another trip to Asda to do tomorrow mornign for most of the fresh stuff for Cub Camp!

    It's been an expensive morning!!
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    Clearly the water on site isn't safe to drink

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Ransley View Post
    Clearly the water on site isn't safe to drink
    I do get some crates of cheap water bottles for camp, they're the cheapest way of getting replacement water bottles for those who have lost them or forgotten them.

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    I just discovered Bookers after needing to buy the food for our first whole group event.(We are a fairly new group). Fantastic place and the kid in me couldn't resist the huge tubs of sweets.
    I did steer clear of the essential burgers and went for the red Texan ones instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recneps View Post
    Tonight is our group AGM and Family BBQ... over 250 attendees booked

    Still another trip to Asda to do tomorrow morning for most of the fresh stuff for Cub Camp!

    It's been an expensive morning!!
    that's a big barbecue!

    and an awful lot of calories to shed on camp!

    no group barbecue for me this year.

    i think the term's nearly over for everyone down here. swmbo has another two weeks left - outdoor games next week i think. no group camp. leaders treasure their quieter family holidays methinks and besides they're one leader less this year.

    soon be time for our holidays which swmbo is organising this year. last year i drew devon. it's a lucky dip trip this year methinks. not a clue! swmbo tells me we're heading east this year; i need to be in shipshape and bristol fashion condition; i wont be left to my own devizes; and i'll need to cogitate the choices while i'm in the bath! methinks she's avon a laugh. i ain't got a clue. bradford?



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    Am doing an event for a charity I work for tomorrow. Not being a driver I went and got things for our picnic on the bus with a shopping trolley like an old lady. Good job we've got 15 attendees and not 50!
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    Ah - just how we spent this morning. Dry good shop for a week of green fielding with 35 Cubs and some stores towards the 30 plus scout week




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    Just an idea, we have our groceries delivered to the camp site, saves an awful amount of work and logistics.
    Last edited by Tony Ransley; 17-07-2017 at 06:04 AM.

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    We also have our food delivered to camp. Shop online. Sorted.

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    We used to use Tesco online.

    We found it easier and more cost effective to use a combination of Makro/Bookers and Lidl/Aldi, and also means far far less packaging to dispose of.

    For example - sausages come in trays of 36 rather than bags of 8
    Bacon comes in packs of approx 36 rashers, with 5 packs in a box
    Eggs come in boxes of 60
    Crisps are able to come in big boxes which stack neatly in a store tent rather than piles of bags

    We also used to have issues with supermarkets struggling to fulfil orders for, for example, 180 burgers for a BBQ.


    We were lucky to have also been recently donated nearly 500 worth of second hand commercial quality cookware... so our camp kitchen set up is also now verging on professional

    A few more photos (plus reposting the original shopping photos as they seem to have disappeared)






    Not sure how we coped before we had the griddle. Here frying off chicken and peppers for the curry, then it was used to toast naan breads!


    Annoyingly didnt get a photo of the finished chicken curry.




    The metal racking was amongst the donated kit... by the end of catering for 50 people for a weekend we werent sure how we used to cope with just the plastic stuff... think it involved lots of crates stacked on the floor!

    Was also the first outing for our new party tent. The old one has now been relegated to cookhouse, with the new one (same shape and size but newer and heavier) being our main "marquee".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Ransley View Post
    Clearly the water on site isn't safe to drink
    We find getting some crates of bottled water makes life a bit easier for everyone.

    Cub lost a water bottle just before setting off on a trip? - grab one out of the crate

    We always carry a few on each minibus just in case.

    And on a hot "pack up" day just being able to grab a bottle mid-task is a lot easier than remembering where you put your water bottle down! Having bottled water easily to hand helps stop our busy leaders getting dehydrated so is worth every penny!
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    Quote Originally Posted by recneps View Post
    We find getting some crates of bottled water makes life a bit easier for everyone.

    Cub lost a water bottle just before setting off on a trip? - grab one out of the crate

    We always carry a few on each minibus just in case.

    And on a hot "pack up" day just being able to grab a bottle mid-task is a lot easier than remembering where you put your water bottle down! Having bottled water easily to hand helps stop our busy leaders getting dehydrated so is worth every penny!
    Have to admit you and Niel make an interesting case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Ransley View Post
    Have to admit you and Niel make an interesting case.
    I think its something that I started doing when, with my previous job, we did a lot of events where there often wasnt a decent drinking water supply to hand so we would bring in huge quantities of bottled water. The habit just crept over to camp catering.

    Also really useful on a greenfield camp knowing there's a good backup supply of drinking water
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