March 21, 2018
As part of the monthly planning for the tri-ward activities, the aim is to have one of them a service activity. The boys considered various activities and felt they could fulfill both their love of food and cooking with sharing this with a group that would be most appreciative. The boys considered all the service rendered by these seniors over the years of their life, and that this would be a good tribute to them.
This activity included the scout / deacon aged boys and assigned them the responsibility of providing a game to entertain them. The group settled on "Duck Hunt", a really old video game that they may have heard of, and if not they would get the basic idea.
The older boys took on the meal and an activity we called "Table Talks". We would collect question and them we would have a youth representative sit at the various tables to collect the wisdom and their antidotes of life in general back when they were youths.
The meal planning started with simple spaghetti, but the boys thought this was too boring. They settled on Stroganoff, but the Brazilian kind, because you get Hickory stick potato chips with it.
To entertain the group while eating dessert, and the boys cleaned up, we thought it would be easy to just present a slide show of all the scout trips the young men have had dating back to 1998.
To conclude the boys gathered together to sing hymn #254 "True to the Faith"
|Recipes, Thankyous, and Prep material|
|We have a long history of helping our seniors. They ask to have the driveway shoveled, and we throw in a quinzee.||Just like they would in their day.|
|Got the numbers, do the math, figure out the groceries, prep the food. Be prepared, that's our motto.|
|Got to cut up those mushrooms to the perfect size. That's a lot of mushrooms...||Cake crew starts grinding up graham Crackers...||Need enough for 3 cakes. Really want to estimate on the extra side for this part of the meal.||OK, 3 crusts ready to bake.|
|Fresh veggies, no bagged stuff here.||The cool cucumber cutter in action.||K-Tel marketer Hale shows the audience just how quickly you can julienne dice these tomatoes.||The veggie crew then went on to perfect the oil and vinegar dressing.|
|A&W may have hormone free and no antibiotics, but this is top sirloin with all the fat trimmed off. Sam, the troop dog suggested that, and thanks you for those leftovers.||Keeping a dry eye, RJ is now into the onion portion of the stroganoff recipe.||Pan and Dan Merrell offered their kitchen, and all the needed cooking equipment. Couldn't have done it without them.|
|Cherry filling and cream cheese are down, now for the artistic part.||Single mandarin all aligned like happy smiles.||Yea, the juice is not bad either...||I call the spatulas...|
|I have enough mandarins to put down a border.||Pretty impressive.|
|The boys get to the church an hour early to setup. Cubs are not vacating the gym, hmmm.|
|Bro. Merrel gets there with all the prepared food, and a couple of the boys. Bro. Burndorfer tries to dig out from the ice in the back lane before picking up more of the boys.|
|The piping hot entrée is carefully rolled into the gym||Slight bump here guys. easy does it.|
guests arrive and they setup the Duck Hunt.
Rules are 1 table up at a time. Boys will provide all the amo and loaded nerf guns you need. As the duck runs the gantlet he counts the hits he takes and passes the info to the score keeper. Score keeper tallies the hits by table. Table with the most points, eats first.
|Salads are servers and tables start their turns at Duck Hunt.||Salads are even good enough for 2nds.||Contestants are itching to start pulling those triggers.||Some simple instructions, and it looks like this team is ready.|
|The ducks start to come out...||Everyone's aimed at the poor first duck.||and the bullets start to fly.||support teams are challenged to keep up with loaded nerf guns.|
|Gets hard counting how many times your hit.||Reloading is giving the boys a breather||Didn't quite last long enough though.||Odds are better if we all go at the same time.|
|Bad odds.||Left and right handed shooters||No laser sights on these eh?||all aim on that guy.|
|Moving targets do add a bit of a challenge.||Re-loaders are almost keeping up.||A brave reporter tries to capture the experience of a duck on video...||Reporter's Video of the Ducks view of the event.|
|Some live action videos...|
|Keeping those guns loaded, no small task.||Staying clear of those shooters.||Ladies show no mercy.||Taking a Bullet for the team - slow motion|
|Winning table determined & the Brazilian Stroganoff is served...|
|The winning table is announced and they get 1st dibs at the main course.||Everyone is liking the look of this dinner so far.||Table talks start with one or two boys visiting each table and discussing their questions.|
|Cleanup crew hard at work. No paper plates or plastic forks for these guys. Got to consider the environment.||Meanwhile, desserts come out and the presentation of the scout camps going back to 1998 begins.||Nice looking dessert eh!||After dessert, the crew comes in to sing to the honored guests and wrap up the evening.|