Only rookie Scout leaders eat with the youth. In my 30+ years, I have never once made that mistake. Someone has to survive the camp out to tell the stories. The very best part of scouting to me, is when you see the "light" come on in a kids eyes, that very moment they realize the CAN do it. Be it passing the swim test, shooting a bulls eye, building a usable camp fire, cooking a meal, leading a hike, navigating a stream in a canoe or kayak....or leading their fellow scouts.