Backwoodsman Cooking @ Dragon Scout Group Camp ~ 3rd June 2007

The Dragon Scout Group went for their Annual Camp from 1st June to 4th June, along with our cub scouts from Radin Mas Primary and Gan Eng Seng Primary. I believe they had lots of fun during this camp.

I pop down on the 3rd day and it was Backwoodsman Cooking day. Well, before it began, there was the usual campsite inspection of the respective patrols. Walking around the various patrols, it brought back many different memories (good, bad, funny, tiring) during my scouting days. Some things just never change, traditions as some of us called it, priceless. Moving around, chatting with the leaders and teachers, had a great time visiting the various patrols campsites.

Just before the Flag Break ceremony, I walked around Sarimbun Camp. Gee…. If I remember correctly, my last visit was in 1998….. 9 years….. wow ….. some things are still the same, never change and there were new additions, improvements, upgrading and removal of some structures e.g. Pondoks. My senior, GSL Hongliang was making fun of me, being lost in time and suggested a senior Gessian to give me a tour of the Sarimbun Camp.

After the Flag Break ceremony, Backwoodsman Cooking began and the various patrols went behind the campsite and started their preparations, collecting firewood, dry leaves, preparing their indgredients and dishes. They had to start their fire using 3 matches, our minimum scouting standard. Overall, it was a good experience for all the younger boy scouts and cub scouts, allowing them to learn more about cooking in the outdoors.

Various dishes were cooked and we moved around to taste their food. Reflecting back, I did had a lot of fun during Backwoodsman Cooking, although it was pretty hot that day, the scouts and cub scouts were having fun cooking, marinating and making fun of one another. I went around tasting the food they cooked, taking photographs and chatting with the folks around the Backwoodsman Cooking compound.

A very hot day of Backwoodsman Cooking but it was great to be part of it.

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