Cooking Merit Badge and Equipment Refit Lock-in 20-21 Jan

Sean Warner —  January 17, 2017 — Leave a comment

Scouts,

Here is an opportunity to earn an Eagle Required Merit Badge. We are going to start (and try our best to come as close to finishing as possible with everything expect the backpacking portion) the Cooking Merit Badge while we do Equipment refit at a Church Lock in this weekend.

We will arrive at the church on Friday at 5pm and cook and prepare equipment until Saturday night around 5pm.  It will just be a one night event.  We will have some new cook boxes to put together with new stoves and some other essential items that will be really useful for car camping trips.

I will need two adults in addition to myself to help run this merit badge.

If you do not want to work on your cooking merit badge, you are still welcome to attend the lock-in and help with the equipment and help the other with their merit badges (basically…help eat their food 🙂

I’ve attached the cooking merit badge worksheet to this post. PLEASE print and fill out as much as you can BEFORE arriving at the church.  We will be limited on time so the more work you have done ahead of time, the better.  Scout should have requirements 1(1-4), 2 (1-5), 3 (1-3), 4(1-2), 5(1-3),6(1-3) and 7 competed in their worksheet before arriving.  Some of those say to “discuss with a counselor” since you will already have it written, you will be able to discuss it at the church.

Cooking Merit Badge Worksheet

At the church we will accomplish requirements 4 (3-5) and 5 (4-8). This is listed below.  

Requirement 4(3): Using at least five of the 10 cooking methods from requirement 3, prepare and serve yourself and at least one adult (parent, family member, guardian, or other responsible adult) one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and one dessert from the meals you planned.*

Requirement 5(4,5):

3. In the outdoors, using your menu plan for this requirement, cook two of the five meals you planned using either a lightweight stove or a low-impact fire. Use a different cooking method from requirement 3 for each meal. You must also cook a third meal using either a Dutch oven OR a foil pack OR kabobs. Serve all of these meals to your patrol or a group of youth.*

4. In the outdoors, prepare a dessert OR a snack and serve it to your patrol or a group of youth.**

For requirements asking to share…only bring enough to share in one or two people…not the entire troop…we will have way too much food!

The only cost of this event is the cost of the food you will need to bring and cook to for the the merit badge.  So that cost may vary depending on what you bring. EACH SCOUT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIER OWN FOOD.  Now, you have to read the requirements listed below to determine what to bring.  For example, a scout that brings 4 packs of Ramon probably won’t earn the merit badge 🙂

Packing List:

  • Food to accomplish requirements 4 (3) and 5 (4,5) be creative
  • Any special consumable items required to cook your meals….aluminum foil, condiments, etc.
  • Storage containers to bring any uneaten food home that you might have cooked
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Toothbush and toothpaste or any other personal hygiene items
  • Clothes to keep you warm when cooking outside
  • Mess kits and utensils

The troop will provide, The stoves and cookware available in the church, camping stoves and fire material for cooking outside.

Please sign up at this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-cooking

Thank you,

Sean

Requirements for the Cooking merit badge:

  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in cooking activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    2. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur while preparing meals and eating, including burns and scalds, cuts, choking, and allergic reactions.
    3. Describe how meat, fish, chicken, eggs, dairy products, and fresh vegetables should be stored, transported, and properly prepared for cooking. Explain how to prevent cross-contamination.
    4. Discuss with your counselor food allergies, food intolerance, and food-related illnesses and diseases. Explain why someone who handles or prepares food needs to be aware of these concerns.
    5. Discuss with your counselor why reading food labels is important. Explain how to identify common allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, and shellfish.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, give five examples for EACH of the following food groups, the recommended number of daily servings, and the recommended serving size:
      1. Fruits
      2. Vegetables
      3. Grains
      4. Proteins
      5. Dairy
    2. Explain why you should limit your intake of oils and sugars.
    3. Determine your daily level of activity and your caloric need based on your activity level. Then, based on the MyPlate food guide, discuss with your counselor an appropriate meal plan for yourself for one day.
    4. Discuss your current eating habits with your counselor and what you can do to eat healthier, based on the MyPlate food guide.
    5. Discuss the following food label terms: calorie, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugar, protein. Explain how to calculate total carbohydrates and nutritional values for two servings, based on the serving size specified on the label.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Discuss EACH of the following cooking methods. For each one, describe the equipment needed, how temperature control is maintained, and name at least one food that can be cooked using that method: baking, boiling, broiling, pan frying, simmering, steaming, microwaving, grilling, foil cooking, and use of a Dutch oven.
    2. Discuss the benefits of using a camp stove on an outing vs. a charcoal or wood fire.
    3. Describe with your counselor how to manage your time when preparing a meal so components for each course are ready to serve at the same time.
  4. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, plan a menu for three full days of meals (three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners) plus one dessert. Your menu should include enough to feed yourself and at least one adult, keeping in mind any special needs (such as food allergies) and how you kept your foods safe and free from cross-contamination. List the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve these meals. Then do the following:
    1. Create a shopping list for your meals showing the amount of food needed to prepare and serve each meal, and the cost for each meal.
    2. Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor.
    3. Using at least five of the 10 cooking methods from requirement 3, prepare and serve yourself and at least one adult (parent, family member, guardian, or other responsible adult) one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and one dessert from the meals you planned.*
    4. Time your cooking to have each meal ready to serve at the proper time. Have an adult verify the preparation of the meal to your counselor.
    5. After each meal, ask a person you served to evaluate the meal on presentation and taste, then evaluate your own meal. Discuss what you learned with your counselor, including any adjustments that could have improved or enhanced your meals. Tell how better planning and preparation help ensure a successful meal.
  5. Do the following:
    1. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, plan a menu for your patrol (or a similar size group of up to eight youth, including you) for a camping trip. Your menu should include enough food for each person, keeping in mind any special needs (such as food allergies) and how you keep your foods safe and free from cross-contamination. These five meals must include at least one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, AND at least one snack OR one dessert. List the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve these meals.
    2. Create a shopping list for your meals showing the amount of food needed to prepare and serve each meal, and the cost for each meal.
    3. Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor.
    4. In the outdoors, using your menu plan for this requirement, cook two of the five meals you planned using either a lightweight stove or a low-impact fire. Use a different cooking method from requirement 3 for each meal. You must also cook a third meal using either a Dutch oven OR a foil pack OR kabobs. Serve all of these meals to your patrol or a group of youth.**
    5. In the outdoors, prepare a dessert OR a snack and serve it to your patrol or a group of youth.**
    6. After each meal, have those you served evaluate the meal on presentation and taste, and then evaluate your own meal. Discuss what you learned with your counselor, including any adjustments that could have improved or enhanced your meals. Tell how planning and preparation help ensure successful outdoor cooking.
    7. Explain to your counselor how you cleaned the equipment, utensils, and the cooking site thoroughly after each meal. Explain how you properly disposed of dishwater and of all garbage.
    8. Discuss how you followed the Outdoor Code and no-trace principles when preparing your meals.
  6. Do the following:
    1. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, plan a menu for trail hiking or backpacking that includes one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and one snack. These meals must not require refrigeration and are to be consumed by three to five people (including you). Be sure to keep in mind any special needs (such as food allergies) and how you will keep your foods safe and free from cross-contamination. List the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve these meals.
    2. Create a shopping list for your meals, showing the amount of food needed to prepare and serve each meal, and the cost for each meal.
    3. Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor. Your plan must include how to repackage foods for your hike or backpacking trip to eliminate as much bulk, weight, and garbage as possible.
    4. While on a trail hike or backpacking trip, prepare and serve two meals and a snack from the menu planned for this requirement. At least one of those meals must be cooked over a fire, or an approved trail stove (with proper supervision).**
    5. After each meal, have those you served evaluate the meal on presentation and taste, then evaluate your own meal. Discuss what you learned with your counselor, including any adjustments that could have improved or enhanced your meals. Tell how better planning and preparation help ensure successful trail hiking or backpacking meals.
    6. Discuss how you followed the Outdoor Code and no-trace principles during your outing. Explain to your counselor how you cleaned any equipment, utensils, and the cooking site after each meal. Explain how you properly disposed of any dishwater and packed out all garbage.
  7. Find out about three career opportunities in cooking. Select one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

*The meals for requirement 4 may be prepared on different days, and they need not be prepared consecutively. The requirement calls for Scouts to plan, prepare, and serve one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner to at least one adult; those served need not be the same for all meals.

**Where local regulations do not allow you to build a fire, the counselor may adjust the requirement to meet the law. The meals in requirements 5 and 6 may be prepared for different trips and need not be prepared consecutively. Scouts working on this badge in summer camp should take into consideration foods that can be obtained at the camp commissary.

Sean Warner

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