It appeared that the complaint about food was heard loud and clear because he had a great deal more food for breakfast on Wednesday. The Dining Hall Director appeared at the daily scout leaders' meeting to talk about how the food is proportioned. She explained that a catering company is under contract by the council to develop the menus, cooking instructions, and the serving size. The amount of food served is based on the standard serving size from the nutritional label on the food package. It was pointed out to the director that she wasn't feeding school kids, she was feeding teenage boys who were engaged in heavy physical activity in the summer heat. The standard serving size was not really adequate. I will also note that based on the size of some of the scout leaders at camp, it would seem the standard serving size needs to be tripled or quadrupled for them. Although, the goal is to avoid food wastage, the director promised to make second helpings available more quickly so that everyone can get enough food when they want it.
|A "standard serving size" breakfast.|
The boys have been heavily engaged in their merit badge classes. Boone and Louie have created several interesting objects in their metalworking merit badge and Paul has begun weaving an artistic pattern into a stool seat. Several of the boys are working on arrows for the archery merit badges and a few have created some, mostly indescribable, woodcarving projects.
|Davis with his "irons."|
(Also note that he is wearing his father's
scout socks and shorts from the 1980s)
|The pros from Skymont.|
|Davis tees off on number one.|
The afternoon passed peacefully (literally the lull before the storm). Wednesday evenings at Skymont are designated for troop cooking in the campsites. The scouts are provided ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, aluminum foil, and charcoal to make hobo meals. By 5:30, the boys were eager to build fires in their patrol sites for making their meals. However, the darkening sky and a quick look at a weather app told us to begin preparations for securing the campsite. We got the tents secured and food packed up in the trailer before the storm hit with a vengeance. The leaders quickly herded the boys to a program pavilion next to our campsite to get under cover. The wind began to pick up and lightening began to cross the sky. The camp's emergency siren began sounding to summon everyone to the dinning hall but we decided it was safer in the pavilion that in putting the boys out on the road to the dining hall in a lightning storm. The camp director later came by in a vehicle to check on us and affirmed that we had made the correct decision. The safety of the boys is always our first concern. Some of the boys were spooked by the storm at first but a couple of decks of cards were produced and soon they were heavily engaged in various games. Our young ASM started dealing blackjack to one group who began to think they were playing for real money in Vegas. Their shouts and groans soon overtook the sounds of the storm.
|The storm was forgotten once the cards came out.|
|Mr. Herrit fries up veggies on the griddle.|
|The food disappeared quickly.|
The rest of the week looks good for both food and the weather. I will keep you advised. If you were not aware, more photos are found here.