Cooking Merit Badge Requirements
Boy Scouts of America
Cooking Merit Badge
All Merit Badges Summary Requirements Terminology Resources Cooking Merit Badge Information Cooking is an important part of camping. It’s also a vital life skill. Eagle can earn the Cooking merit badge by following a recipe.
This merit badge helps scouts learn about nutrition, cooking, and how they can cook at home, on camp, or while out on the trail. You will be able to practice making meals, buying ingredients, cooking, cleaning up, as well as preparing and serving food. You might notice that many requirements can be broken down into multiple components. That means there are many parts to earning this merit badge.
The scout is required to cook quite a few meals at home, at camp, and on the trail, plus prepare some snacks and desserts. Evidently, cooking can be more complicated than a simple task. It often takes many months.
Notice: A lot of the merit badge’s requirements are for rank advancement. Therefore, scouts might double-count their meals to get merit badges. That is not allowed for this Cooking merit badge. See the Note before Requirement #4.
Which meals does the scout need to plan and cook?
Short answer: Plan 17 meals and cook 8 meals, plus desserts and a snack.
To Cook at Home, Plan at Least 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners.
Prepare and serve one meal: 1 for breakfast, 1 for lunch, 1 for dinner, and 1 as a dessert.
To Cook at Camp, Plan five meals.
A stove or fire is required to prepare 3 meals. A Dutch Oven (or Foil Pack), or Kabobs should be one of the options.
Information on The Eagle Requires Cooking Merit Badge
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Updated Oct. 24, 2014 at 08:08 PM. Added information by Chris Hunt from the BSA Advancement Team to clarify that the merit badge will remain Eagle-required starting Jan. 1, 2014. However, the revisions won’t be in effect until Jan. 1, 2015. Chris points out that this is a separate change and you should consider them as such.
Updated Dec. 18, 2018 at 10.23 a.m. Here’s the updated requirements. It’s no secret recipe any longer.
I’ve got new details to share on Cooking merit badge, set to join the list of Eagle-required merit badges on New Year’s Day 2014.
While the requirements are still being finalized, the questions and answers provided here should tide you over until the full course arrives.
If Scouts are already working on Cooking merit badges, I will share with you whether they must change to the new requirements, whether Scouts already wearing the badge can swap it for the silver-bordered one, and the changes in the requirements.
Are you hungry for more? Follow the jump… What’s changing?
There are two major revisions that should be considered separately. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 the Cooking merit card will be Eagle-required. A major change to requirements will occur Jan. 1, 2015, and it will go into effect immediately.
How soon will the Eagle Scout Award require that a cook’s merit badge be earned?
The 2014-January 1st. Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements with the exception of his board of review before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.
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Share on other sites Posted http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-COOK.aspx sez Note: The meals prepared for Cooking merit badge requirements 5, 6, and 7 will count only toward fulfilling those requirements and will not count toward rank advancement. Cooking merit badge meals may not include those prepared for rank advancement. Repeat menus of meals prepared and/or cooked according to requirements 5, 6 or 7.
The camping merit badge requirements have no such provision; however, the requirements are a little more nuanced … asking for details that the 1st class requirements don’t.
It is up to your patrol leaders to read the Tenderfoot through First Class requirements and determine what’s fair there. When I teach my boys, they are trained to not sign off on any requirements that haven’t been demonstrated by the boy. You cannot use the “I did this to Camp in the scoutcraft section at summer camp” line.
And it is up to the respective merit badge counselors to determine whats fair for the respective badges they counsel.
Different people, different sign-offs. To be fair, each one should take responsibility for their own areas. But it is clear that the boys need to cook!
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Sharing on Other Sites Posted. I am sorry if you have already covered this topic, but it was not easy for me to locate an answer.
So how do you handle multiple requirements. For exampe the First Class cooking requirements are the same as those in the Camping and Cooking MB. Are those requirements repeated by the Scout three times?
It is also necessary to look up the information in official BSA books or documents. We have some old timers in the Troop (The ones that had their kids drop out 20 years ago) and they have there ways set. If I need to challedge, I need an offical rule.
Chris at TIA. Chris. T-2-1 is not allowed. Cooking merit badges may not include meals prepared for rank advancement. Repeat menus not prepared for rank advancement must be avoided.
Cooking Merit Badge October, Fsr (Sold Out).
FSR Avery Hand Dinner Hall @ Firelands Scout Reservation, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $75 Early Bird (includes all materials and food required to earn the Hands On merit badge). The Home Assignments
Scouts must use at most five of the 10 cooking options to prepare and share with at least one adult one morning, one lunch, and one evening meal.
Scouts will review each dinner with their adult hosts to assess its taste and presentation.
On the last day of class, Scouts must be ready to share what they have learned with their counselors. Include any adjustments that could have improved or enhanced the meals Scouts will cook using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model.
Their menu plan will include three full meals per day (three breakfasts/three lunches and three evening dinners), plus one dessert. The menu will include enough to feed the Scout and at least one adult.
Scouts will discuss special needs, such as food allergies and the ways you have kept their foods safe from cross-contamination.
Scouts will be required to list all the necessary equipment and utensils for preparing and serving the meals.
Scouts will make a shopping list with the required ingredients for each meal. The online retailers can also be included.
Scouts will use the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, giving 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 Scouts will explain why you should limit your intake of oils and sugars Scouts will plan an appropriate meal plan for one day based on their daily level of activity and caloric need.
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