Boy Scout Troop 604
How To Plan a Camping or Backpacking Trip
Once you've got people divided into patrols, you need to plan menus. You should first outline for everyone how many and what kind of meals need to be planned. Also remind them that selecting meals with all four food groups is important.
We typically only plan breakfasts and dinners. Lunches are each person on their own. However, if a patrol wants to plan a patrol lunch, that's fine. Be sure they know whether the lunches are trail or camp lunches. This is important because trail lunches need to be no-cook. Camp lunches can be whatever they want.
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An adult leader or Troop Guide should review each patrol's menu for completeness. Again, be sure the meals are well rounded, will provide enough calories and that they haven't forgotten the little things like catsup for eggs, or spices, or zip-lock back for mixing eggs.
Finally, they should plan a patrol shopping trip. Ideally, everyone attends to help pick out the items. The total cost of the food should be divided among the patrol members.
The adult patrol follows a similar process, except we don't usually have someone audit our menu and we usually don't have patrol shopping trips. We either have someone get everything or assign people to food items. One of our goals as the adult patrol is to plan great meals to show the Scouts what can be done if they put in the effort (having shrimp scampi with mushrooms and fresh baked cookies or foil roasted cornish game hens leaves a big impression on a Scout who just finished having hot dogs and cup-o-noodles).