Patrol Grocery Shopping
PATROL GROCERY SHOPPING FOR A WEEKEND CAMP OUT
(THE THREE P’S – PLANNING, PURCHASING, PACKING)
At the Patrol meeting, (1) determine the number of Scouts attending the campout; (2)
decide on menus; (3) appoint a Patrol shopper/grub master/food dude; (4) collect grocery
money, usually $15 per Scout for 4 meals, and give it to the Patrol shopper.
The Patrol shopper should check with the Quartermaster to find out if we've got anything
in the trailer food inventory that can be used (oatmeal, pancake mix, cooking oil, syrup,
Using the Patrol menus, buy food for appropriate number of meals - usually Saturday
breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. Buy cheap - get the
inexpensive store brand instead of the finest gourmet brand. Buy eggs in a styrofoam
carton because the paper cartons will disintegrate from the melted ice water in the chest.
Don't buy too much. No Scout has ever starved to death on a weekend campout!
Between all the other Patrols and the Adult Patrol we've never been less than stuffed at
A Scout is thrifty - spend only the amount of money designated per Scout (usually $15)
times the number of Scouts attending. If the Scout can buy all the food for less than that,
the extra money can be refunded to the patrol members.
Parents - Your Scout must take a VERY ACTIVE role in grocery shopping. It may
seem easier (and a lot less hassle) to do the shopping for him, but he won’t learn anything
that way. Use the grocery shopping as a way to explain the cost-per-ounce comparison
method, and help him figure out how much to buy.
Put perishable items such as meat, eggs, and milk in an ice chest with several bags of ice,
and make sure the Scout’s last name is on the ice chest. Put meat in a Ziploc baggie or
Tupperware so blood doesn't leak on everything inside the ice chest. Other food items
like bread and dry mixes should go in a cardboard box marked with Scout’s name/patrol.
Don’t use plastic grocery sacks, the stuff will get squashed. The ice chest and food box
will be transported in the troop trailer.
Use the Cooking Patrol Template to assist with meal planning and budget