Cook Team Members are the designers and drivers behind the camp set up, menu creation, feeding, cleaning, and caring for volunteers on a project.
The Cook Team works with the WRV Staff Liaison (WSL), project leader, and tool manager at different stages of the project. Their goal is to create a healthy menu on budget, taking into consideration the number of helping hands, meat and vegetarian needs, and food safety while on the project. One Cook Team Member may be designated as Lead Cook to take the lead in organizing the team’s efforts.
It is helpful to have a background in and passion for food preparation (even if it’s just for yourself, friends or family), as well as a desire to camp. Most people desiring to be a Lead Cook should be a CTM first, to get the hang of how we do large group cooking. If someone has extensive experience catering or backcountry cooking for large groups, they may be able to successfully jump to lead cook after reading the handbook and talking with staff.
It is strongly recommended for Cook Team Members to attend cook training and thoroughly read the Cook Handbook created by WRV and tailored to WRV projects and mission. Lead Cooks are sometimes necessary and self-select for projects. Sometimes particular people are asked to join a project team given their experience.
This depends on the type of project, but typically six weeks are needed prior to project to coordinate disposal of the waste at the end of the project and providing leftovers to the next lead cook or CTMs for the next project on the calendar. The time commitment can range from 20 to 80 hours depending on the complexity, location, and length of the project.