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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lessons Learned

At Band Camp...
The cooking staff cannot be the same staff that chaperones the kids.  Early mornings and late nights do not work for those of us over the age of 25 -- even with lots of caffeine.
The cooking staff needs their own clean-up staff so they can come out of the kitchen once in a while.

Boiling water is a cooking technique that takes many days to master. Especially when the burners are flat and the pot bottoms are not.  Bring your own large flat bottomed pots.
Kids like fruit when it is cut up for them.
Kids will eat vegetables if there is ranch dressing available.
Egg M*muffins are a huge hit with the kids in the morning.  So are scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, and chocolate chip waffles.  (You need 90 eggs to feed 50 people scrambled eggs in the morning and there will be none left.)
Some adults don't say thank you to the kitchen staff (ever), but the kids always do!
The bugs are large and plentiful - bug spray and citronella candles are no optional - they are a necessity.

When making s'mores for 50, you need 2 trays available at the fire pit so that you can pass out s'mores on one and still be making them on the other.
When you tell the kids that you will be fitting shoes at lunch, that does not mean they will all show up to have their shoes fitted. A few of them will tell you they need shoes after your return home 3 days later.  Be prepared...
When fitting uniforms after practice, bring a clothespin for your nose. Ditto for shoe fitting day.

There is a huge vent fan in the girls' bunk house. (The switch is next to the door. It would have been nice to find it when we arrived rather than on the day we left.) 
Band Kids are terrific. But, we already knew that.

1 comment:

Renee said...

of course to keep things interesting, they'll change locations for next year. ;o)