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OT: Scouts and cooking

blackgrassblackgrass Posts: 54
edited 7:46AM in EggHead Forum
I wonder how many of you guys started cooking while in Scouts?

I like good food and it didn't take me long to figure out that if I was going to be out in the woods for a week I better learn how to cook. ;)

Anybody else get their start with hobo dinners and dirty eggs?


  • Not sure I started there, but I sure have done a lot of that through the years. Matter of fact, before heading to Mike Davis class @ BGE next Saturday, I am cooking breakfast for 70 adult leaders. We have one meeting a year and next Saturday is it. This is always a hungry crowd.
  • InksmythInksmyth Posts: 308
    My old scoutmaster was an extraordinary outdoor cook.
    He is the one who showed me better things then a hotdog on a stick.
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,835
    Even before I was in the scouts, I had been pouring over my dad's manual from the '30s. Following the instructions, I went out in the woods, carefully built a teepee fire, skewered a fresh thick pork chop on a sharpened green stick, seared the chop, and let the fat be the butter on the bread I wrapped around it so I could eat it with my hands. My first cook out, and haven't stopped since.
  • opodopod Posts: 41
    i absolutely started in scouts, and still cook for scouts. smoking 3 pork shoulders tomorrow for upcoming court of honor. i'm embarassed to say, i have never learned how to cook "indoors." about 1x/week when i do dinner it's on the egg outside. paella, jambalaya, spatchcocked chicken, smoked meat, grilling or the dutch oven on the egg. don't use the oven. don't use the stove. i probably could but i guess you do what you're comfortable with and what you're good at.....
  • Bobby-QBobby-Q Posts: 1,993
    We were pretty good cooks back in my scouting days. I do remember my first Hobo Dinner from when I was a Cub Scout...Wolf I believe.

    Went right from Scouts cooking to my first EGG at 18 years old. Haven't looked back since.
  • TXTrikerTXTriker Posts: 1,177
    I can't say I really started cooking because of scouting. I do remember my mother pushing me to finish my cooking for my cooking merit badge. This was about the last thing I needed to get my Eagle pin. I have never stopped thanking her for pushing me to do that even though she's been gone for many years. I do more cooking now than I have ever done. When I was in between marriages, I cooked but I also ate out. Since getting my egg, I cook out more than I ever have before.
  • Doing it now with our 8 yr old. The small has made the trip twice so far.
  • I am doing pulled pork for our blue and gold banquest on the 21st. I think there will be about 130 there.
  • jeffinsgfjeffinsgf Posts: 1,259
    Same here. Started my outdoor cooking career on Scouting trips. My patrol was the most sought after to join for that reason. Our family camped quite a bit, and I did a lot of the cooking there, too. I did most of the grilling from the time I was about 13 on. Dad was good, but he knew I was better.
  • 13? Impressive!! I didn't acquire my grill skills until later in life, probably around 30.
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