Cooking Merit Badge
Troop 77 Scouts:
On our Feb. 10, 2018 Advancement Day we’ll again be offering the Cooking merit badge. Parents and Scouts: This is a detailed set of instructions, so read it carefully and completely.
In addition to being required to reach Eagle rank, cooking is a very valuable and important skill for all boys to have, one that will serve you well throughout life … not to mention making meals on campouts a bit more interesting!
The Cooking Merit Badge has a number of different requirements, including several intro sections on food safety, cooking techniques, equipment, etc. It involves cooking several breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts. Scouts are required to cook meals at home, in the outdoors and on the trail.
This is not a badge that you will complete in one day.
On Advancement Day, you’ll have several options. You can do more than one of these options. Note the times.
- Requirements 1 – 3, Basic Cooking Skills & Food Safety
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. - Location: Classroom (# TBD)
- Requirement #4, Cooking at Home
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Location: Fellowship Hall Kitchen
- Requirement #5, Camp Cooking
6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Location: BBQ Pit Area
You will NOT have the opportunity to complete Requirement #6 (Trail Cooking) on Advancement Weekend.
**** VERY IMPORTANT: READ THESE BULLET POINTS ****
- Arrive by 4:45 p.m. to stow your food in the freezer and be ready to begin at 5 p.m. (Early is on time. On time is late.)
- The 5 p.m. class will begin by covering Requirements 1 – 3. We will review those with a large group, as many scouts as are interested.
- From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., eight scouts will work on completing Requirement #4 using the Fellowship Hall kitchen. If we have more than 8 scouts interested in this part, we’ll start with the oldest.
- From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., eight scouts will work on completing Requirement #5 in the BBQ Pit Area.
- Scouts are REQUIRED to have read the cooking merit badge book prior to this class.
- Here's a link to the Cooking Merit Badge Worksheet. Scouts are REQUIRED to have the appropriate parts of the worksheet completed before the class. Scouts who arrive with the worksheets incomplete will not be able to complete the badge on this day.
- On the day of the class, scouts should bring everything (food, spices, butter, oil, etc.) they’ll be cooking for their respective requirements, plus all materials (pots, pans, utensils, foil, etc.) that they’ll need to cook and serve their food. They should bring enough food to cook each required meal for two people.
SUPER IMPORTANT: All scouts who are working on Requirement #4 or #5 (cooking in the kitchen and cooking outdoors) MUST have all the pre-planning part of the worksheets completed and reviewed by Mr. Leff by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4.
- Mr. Leff will be available to review the pre-planning forms during the Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 Troop meetings, or you can make other arrangements with him to get those reviewed and approved.
- If you don’t meet that deadline, you won’t be able to take the class.
- As the kitchen has a limited capacity, we’ll give priority to older scouts who are closer to eagle and need to complete this badge. If you can’t make this class, don’t worry. You’ll have other chances.
To participate in the Feb. 10, class, please email Mr. Leff (firstname.lastname@example.org) and put “Cooking Merit Badge Class” in the subject line.
Include this info:
___ I wish to complete parts 1 – 3
___ I wish to complete part 4
___ I wish to complete part 5
Note on your email if you’ve already completed parts of the badge. _______________________
Yours in scouting,
Mitch Leff, Karen Leff, Dennis Cryor
Cooking Merit Badge Counselors