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Serving food at pack meetings

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We don't serve a meal at pack meetings. We have snacks on a table, and after the meeting, while the adults are cleaning up and putting chairs back, the kids can munch. We just have a couple of bowls of pretzels and chips, and a jug of juice. If we tried to do a dinner too, we'd end up with nobody staying for the meeting. We have our pack meetings on Wednesdays at 6. There are always people who will complain that it interferes with dinner. These are the same families who can't make it to fundraising DINNERS or to parade float prep at 9am on Saturdays. One excuse or another. You can't make everyone happy. A lot of pack meeting nights, I show up with my Cub Scout (now turned Boy Scout), plus his 3 sisters- 11, 3 and 22 months, all with McDonalds bags in their hands. My son eats quickly, his sisters take their time, and we make it to the meeting on time. Otherwise, we eat later and the kids just are prepared for that.

 

When it comes time for pack dinners- the B&G is the only one we do. We used to have pizza delivered, but it got too expensive. Not we do a potluck, and everyone raves about it. We assign meal parts to dens, and let the dens arrange the particulars from there. We don't end up with 6 macaroni salads, and we have lots of families trying to *out-do* each other- yummy! The pack supplies paper goods, meat platters, and the cake. We get the local ice-cream store to donate ice cream and toppings and dishes.

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At the comittee meeting we looked at other options such as the ones suggested here. The idea of theme related grub really took off! For September we kind of settled on the idea to have a cowboy bean 'snack' (a cup of beans and cornbread made in a dutch oven)as a way to end the day. A time of food & fellowship. Any other suggestions for Western snacks that are quick and easy?

 

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We have in the past done a cookout in the fall for the first pack meeting. Hot dogs, chips bug juice, and ask families to bring a desert. This is a nice way to start off the year. We have also had a pizza party that the Pack funds also.

Brian

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