During the fall and spring every year after each troop meeting, a sleepout is held at the Cabin grounds. Instead of scouts leaving the Cabin after the Troop Meeting like they would if leaving for a regular troop trip, they instead take their gear to their respective Patrol Campsites (Staff Patrol Sleeps in the Lean-to). The Patrol Leader will lead his scouts and assign various task to set up the campsite such as; getting water, setting up tents, starting a fire, and cooking dinner and breakfast the following morning.
At each sleepout there is a cooking contest to see which patrol cooked the best meal for dinner. One member of the Staff Patrol and one adult leader (usually the scoutmaster and the SPL) judge the food and decides the order the meals (and thus the patrols) place. The patrols are assigned points to go along with their placing in the contest much the same was as patrols are awarded points for the order they place during a uniform inspection. There are several rules regarding the cooking competition and they can be found here.
Evening Activity[edit | edit source]
After the scouts eat dinner and once it gets dark, the Troop will often gather to participate in an activity together. This activity is often a football game. The scouts play on the Parade Field with lights set up by the Staff Patrol partially illuminating the field. Rarely a different sport like soccer is played on the field. It has become less common recently but in past the scouts often would choose to play capture the flag or man hunt or practice for an Emergency Preparedness Drill. Regardless of the activity of the night, eventually the scouts tire themselves out and retire to their tents to sleep and leave early the next morning.