Cooking Merit Badge and Worksheet (2023)

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Jan 06, 2015 - HappyHitchhiker

Our troop has a cooking merit badge leader who believes the badge should take a full year to complete. I have looked over the list and cannot see why it would take that long. Should it really take that long?

Jan 06, 2015 - Scouter Paul

@Happy - There are only a few merit badges that have specified lengths of time, such as Personal Fitness, and none of those are close to a year. Any other merit badge only takes as long as it takes the scout to complete all the requirements. Looks to me like a scout 'could' complete Cooking in 3 days since the meals cooked in the outdoors are the biggest part.

Mar 23, 2015 - Renee Thompson

I am returning college student and our dietetic group is putting together a program to teach and help the local troops with this merit badge. If we come up with some good ideas, I will share them.

Jun 11, 2015 - Scout Scott

Am doing this badge at camp and had printed the worksheet in April 2014. Just noticed that a calorie column was added in October 2014 to # 5, 6, & 7. I don't see where the requirements require that calories be counted. Why was it added if it isn't mentioned in the requirement page?

Jun 11, 2015 - Scouter Paul

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@Scott - The requirements have scouts show the amount of food needed for meals. Calories are a measure of the energy in food and that determines how much food needs to be consumed for activity level and body size. If you have a different way to determine how much food is needed, maybe your counselor will accept that.
Worksheets are not a required part of a merit badge - they are just aids that some scouts use to help with their progress.

Jul 17, 2015 - Scout

I have been on many campouts with my troop. We carry in and out all of our gear in our packs, including food. I am a patrol leader and have planned and cooked at least a dozen meals on these campouts. Would these trips count as "backpacking trips" for requirement 7? Of course, I would have to document the information about the meals.

Mar 11, 2019 - Jeff E

With regard to requirement #5, does the phrase "or a similar size group of up to eight youth, including you" include a family outing of two adults and four youth? The wording is a little vague.

Mar 11, 2019 - Scouter Paul

@Jeff - Three places in requirement #5, the words "your patrol" and "youth" are used, so that rules out cooking with and for adults.
Requirement #4 is specifically cooking for an adult at home, #5 is for your patrol on a campout, #6 is for a backpacking crew which is probably a mix of youth and adults.

Apr 07, 2019 - Matt C

We have a small troop with 6 scouts working on Cooking merit badge. Can the six scouts work collectively to do these campout meals and backpacking trail meals - or does each scout do them individually? My problem to solve is if they need to do them individually we will need to have six or so multi-day campouts and day-long hiking trails. That will take over year to get the Scouts to do. Your thoughts are appreciated.

Apr 10, 2019 - Scouter Paul

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@Matt - Taking 6 months to complete a merit badge is not uncommon.
Each scout needs to individually do the menu planning, but I have no problem with that scout distributing jobs to the patrol in preparation and clean up. The scout needs to be in charge, managing the process, and directing his helpers.

The goal is to have a scout learn to plan, prepare, and clean up after good meals for home, camp, and on trail. If one scout did Saturday meals for one campout, that is 6 months for all 6 of them to do it. The backpacking meals could be prepared on day hikes at any time, so those meals could get completed in that 6 months as well.

Each scout could make meals for 3 people, allowing 2 scouts to complete the cooking on one Saturday of a campout.

You could invite Webelos, friends of scouts, and other youth to meet your Cooking MB gang at a location on a trail to have lunch some Saturday, then dinner another day. Each scout would prepare a meal for 3 people, and they could all get done in just a couple days.

The Camping and Backpacking meals need to be planned as if being used in those activities to understand the types of food that work, but they only need to be prepared in an environment that you would experience outdoors. So, the Camp meals could be made on a day outing at a park, and the Backpacking meals could be made along a trail through that same park. Just have only tools and resources that would be available for real.

Jan 09, 2020 - ATL_MEW

Jan 09, 2020 - Scouter Paul

@ATL - 5a can not be done separately from the rest of requirement 5. The menu of 5a is used for the rest of the requirement.
5d says "Use a different cooking method from requirement 3 for each meal." So, the scout needs to demonstrate 3 different ways of cooking food, and serve it, and clean up.
Requirement 6 is specifically for backpacking cooking, so that shows the intent for requirement 5 to be something else.
But, there's nothing preventing a scout from fulfilling requirement 5 while backpacking - I don't think it's logistically a good idea myself.

Jan 17, 2020 - Russell K. Adams

As a professional chef and cooking MB counselor for our troop I am looking at it as preparing them for life,the worst case scenario. Understanding food safety,temps, and proper hygiene. Who here hasn't eaten burnt chicken that was cooked through out. I believe the basic understanding is to allow them to think about minimal refrigeration and what can we plan to maximize food safety and nutrition. I don't give out this MB like candy. You will learn a whole lot when I am done with you and I will be proud that you stuck with it.

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Jan 23, 2020 - Sachin B

Hello,
There are 7 sections in cooing badge. Is it a pre requisite that the cooking theory sections 1,2,3 and 7 need to be done before the practical ones 4,5,6?

Thanks,
Sachin

Jan 23, 2020 - Scouter Paul

@Sachin - There is no requirement to complete the requirements in order, but they typically make sense to progress through in order.

Aug 09, 2020 - Tom Champ

Question involves requirement 6.e. Where other evaluate your cooking on a back packing meal(s).
Scout has had number of his meals evaluated on camping trips — question involves specifically 6e., on our backpacking trip, Scouts bring, carry, and prepare their own meals. Can scout evaluate his own meal for this 6e. Since others have previously evaluated his meals on different requirements and he’s cooking for just himself or one other during backpacking. Could the one other count also as other Scouts ?

Aug 09, 2020 - Scouter Paul

@Tom - #6a specifically states "three to five people (including you)" so the meal should be prepared for, eaten by, and evaluated by at least two other scouts.

Oct 22, 2020 - Steve the Pirate

Can the scouts work on requirement #5 as a group or does it have to be done solely by one scout at a time?

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Oct 22, 2020 - Scouter Paul

@Steve - In my view, #5d and #5e would make sense to have other scout or two as assistants, but the one scout doing this merit badge should be in charge and directing and demonstrating that s/he has developed the cooking skills. All the other sub-requirements would be done individually.

Dec 28, 2021 - Sri

Hi @Steve, Can the scouts prepare meal plan for requirement 4 with 10 meals and cook (meal plan 1,2,3,4 of them for requirement 4) and use the same meal plan (5,6,7) for requirement 5? The requirements say that only meals prepared/cooked cannot be repeated. So I guess if you planned a meal for one requirement, but did not actually prepare the meal, you can use the same meal plan to prepare/cook for another requirement. Please confirm.-Sri

Dec 29, 2021 - Scouter Paul

@Sri - That note is trying to explain that menus and meals used in the Cooking merit badge can not be used for rank advancement or other merit badges, and vice versa. I would expect all the menus and meals in #4, #5, and #6 to be different.

Feb 02, 2022 - Rick Carrillo

I know this is a far out question, but 6 A says PLAN meals for 3-5 people so do we serve 3-5? Also, does the hiking have to be BSA or Troop outing? Can it be done on a family hiking trip? It just says "while on a trail..." We can include photos to the councilor.

Feb 03, 2022 - Scouter Paul

@Rick - At least two of the meals and a snack must be prepared and eaten by at least 3 people, including the scout doing the merit badge. Requirement #5 says "your patrol or a group of youth" so I would use that for requirement #6 as well, "people" meaning not necessarily scouts. But, a smart scout would discuss what outings are going to be used with his/her counselor BEFORE the outings. A scout out with just mom and dad may not be given the freedom to actually complete the requirement, and plenty of photos or video of the scout doing the tasks might be requested.

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FAQs

How many merit badges are Eagle required? ›

Scouts need to accumulate at least 21 merit badges before earning the Eagle Scout rank. Of those 21 badges, 14 must come from this list of eagle-required merit badges and the rest can be any badges not used for these 14.

How many meals do you have to cook for cooking merit badge? ›

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.

How do you complete the cooking merit badge? ›

Prepare 2 meals & 1 snack, with at least 1 meal being cooked over fire or trail stove. This merit badge requires tasks to be completed at home and with scouts, making it more complicated than many. A good merit badge counselor ensures the scout learns safe ways to prepare healthy, tasty meals with a range of resources.

What are the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in cooking activities? ›

Likely Hazards
  • Cuts.
  • Burns & Scalds.
  • Choking.
  • Allergic Reactions.
  • Food Borne Illness.

Do colleges like Eagle Scouts? ›

Most college admissions officers recognize the Eagle Scout as an exceptional achievement. It can give the Scout an advantage over other applicants.

What is the hardest merit badge to earn? ›

Personal Management* Creating a budget and thinking deliberately about money aren't normal behaviors for teenagers. That's exactly why this merit badge is so critically important. Because this skill isn't covered elsewhere, this merit badge is often cited by Scouts as one of the toughest.

How many methods of cooking are there? ›

The three types of cooking methods are dry heat cooking, moist heat cooking, and combination cooking. Each of these methods uses heat to affect foods in a different way. All cooking techniques, from grilling to steaming, can be grouped under one of these three methods.

What is a trail meal BSA? ›

A trail meal is anything a boy wants. Most of our Scouts on backpacking trips eat ramen noodles with a foil type package of chicken or tuna. We have one who likes macaroni and peperoni with a butter sauce. Most of them utilze the one pot method of cooking.

How do you manage your time when preparing a meal so components for each course ready to serve at the correct time? ›

Here are my BEST tips to help you time your meals perfectly every time!
  1. GET A GREAT TIMER. There's no reason to mentally keep track of the cooking time for every pot on the stove! ...
  2. MISE EN PLACE. ...
  3. MEAL PREP IN ADVANCE. ...
  4. EMBRACE ONE POT MEALS. ...
  5. REPURPOSE YOUR LEFTOVERS. ...
  6. WORK BACKWARDS. ...
  7. BE PATIENT.
3 Aug 2017

What are the 10 cooking methods BSA? ›

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.

When did cooking merit badge become Eagle required? ›

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014. 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.

How should chicken be stored transported and prepared? ›

Store and transport at or below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw chicken/poultry should not be stored above other meats, fish, cooked foods or fresh produce. Frozen chicken should be thawed slowly in a refrigerator at 40-45 degrees. Chicken should be cooked to a minimum internal temp of 165 degrees or hotter.

What temperature should you keep meat at? ›

refrigerator temperature of 40° F or below helps slow growth of these harmful microbes. Always refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, and other perishables as soon as you get them home from the store.

How do you prevent cuts in the kitchen? ›

Household Safety: Preventing Cuts
  1. Keep knives, forks, scissors, and other sharp utensils in a drawer with a safety latch.
  2. Keep glass objects, such as drinking glasses and bowls, in a high cabinet far from reach.
  3. Store appliances with sharp blades (like blenders or food processors) far from reach or in a locked cabinet.

How can cross contamination be prevented? ›

To prevent this: Wash hands with soap and hot water before and after handling food, and after using the bathroom, changing diapers; or handling pets. Use hot, soapy water and paper towels or clean cloths to wipe up kitchen surfaces or spills. Wash cloths often in the hot cycle of your washing machine.

Is Joe Biden an Eagle Scout? ›

President Joe Biden joined the Boy Scout program in his teens as an Explorer Scout. Four U.S. presidents were Cub Scouts in their youth, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

Is Bill Gates an Eagle Scout? ›

While Bill Gates is a Life Scout, his father, William Sr., is an Eagle Scout. In 2010, Gates was honored by the Boy Scouts with the Silver Buffalo award for his service to the youth.

What percentage of Boy Scouts make it to Eagle? ›

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth.

What is the easiest merit badge? ›

The 3 simplest merit badges that any scout can earn are Art, Fingerprinting and Photography. These badges require few supplies and can be quickly completed in an afternoon.

Who is the youngest Eagle Scout? ›

Kaylan Ouerbacker is the youngest Eagle Scout ever.

He received the honor at the age of 11. Kaylan, a member of Troop 813 in Ventura, California, was presented with this honor at the Bible Fellowship Church in 2014. After receiving his Eagle Scout status, he was also honored at a gathering in the Ventura Hall.

What is the rarest Boy Scout merit badge? ›

One look at the requirements, and you'll see why Invention was the least-earned merit badge in the history of the BSA. To earn it, Scouts had to “invent and patent some useful article” and “show a working drawing or model of the same.”

What are the 2 types of cooking methods? ›

Cooking methods in the culinary arts are divided into two categories: Dry heat cooking, such as roasting, broiling, or sautéeing. Moist heat cooking, such as braising, steaming, or poaching.

What is the fastest method of cooking? ›

The 6 Quickest (and Healthiest) Cooking Methods
  1. Grilling. It's best to use this quick method of cooking only for tender cuts of meat and fish, and for shellfish. ...
  2. Griddling. ...
  3. Stir-frying. ...
  4. En papillote. ...
  5. Steaming. ...
  6. Microwaving.
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Can you bring snacks to Philmont? ›

Philmont will provide tents. If you have a quality backpacking tent you may bring it for consideration. All crew gear and food will be provided. You do not need to bring any extra food.

Can you bring your own food to Philmont? ›

Philmont asks that food substitutions be made only for medical (including allergies) or religious reasons. All food shipped to the backcountry is subject to inspection to ensure the best delivery method. There is no fee reduction for individuals who bring their own food.

Is there a cooking badge for Boy Scouts? ›

The Cooking merit badge introduces principles of cooking that can be used both at home or in the outdoors. Scouts who earn this badge will learn about food safety, nutritional guidelines, meal planning, and methods of food preparation, and will review the variety of culinary (or cooking) careers available.

What are three basic rules in menu planning? ›

Three golden rules for meal planning:
  • Keep it straight and simple. Plan out four or five meals for the week, leaving a night for leftovers or frozen meals or even take-out (you can serve it up to look its best). ...
  • Double up, triple up. Take a favourite recipe and make more of it. ...
  • Be fine with being flexible.
12 Dec 2018

What is the first step in meal planning? ›

6 Steps to Meal Planning Success
  1. Step 1: Take Stock. Check your pantry and fridge for staples you have on hand and like as well as items that need to be used. ...
  2. Step 2: Map Your Meals. ...
  3. Step 3: Focus on Fresh. ...
  4. Step 4: Pack in Protein. ...
  5. Step 5: Love Your Leftovers. ...
  6. Step 6: Plan Ahead.

How do you manage your time when preparing food? ›

Here are simple tips that precisely answers, how to efficiently manage time in kitchen.
  1. Keep It Back Every time. ...
  2. Keep The Frequent Needs Closer. ...
  3. Plan Ahead Of Time. ...
  4. Prepping food immediately after shopping. ...
  5. Simplify Cooking Process. ...
  6. Manage Time Within Cooking. ...
  7. One Hour A Week To Stock Up.
30 Aug 2016

What is a Cracker Barrel in Boy Scouts? ›

Cracker Barrel is the name we give to the snacks we take on our camp outs or after meetings. Cracker barrel takes place on Friday after we have our camp site setup in lieu of cooking a dinner. Here is a list of items that we suggest a scout can bring with them to share with the pack.

What is broiling method of cooking? ›

broiling, cooking by exposing food to direct radiant heat, either on a grill over live coals or below a gas burner or electric coil. Broiling differs from roasting and baking in that the food is turned during the process so as to cook one side at a time.

How many merit badges are there? ›

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 135 merit badges, and any Scout, or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may earn any of these at any time.

Who is the most famous Eagle Scout? ›

Famous Eagle Scouts
  • Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon.
  • Stephen G. ...
  • Steve Fossett, world record holder, first person to circumnavigate Earth solo in a hot air balloon.
  • Bill Gates, Sr., CEO of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
  • James A. ...
  • The Honorable Richard G. ...
  • J. ...
  • H.

How many Eagle required merit badges are there 2022? ›

A total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank) must be earned for the Eagle Scout rank, including these 14 merit badges: (a) First Aid, (b) Citizenship in the Community, (c) Citizenship in the Nation, (d) Citizenship in Society, (e) Citizenship in the World, (f) Communication, (g) Cooking, (h) ...

How many Eagle Scouts are there 2021? ›

There are over 4,008 eagle scouts currently employed in the United States. 2.5% of all eagle scouts are women, while 97.5% are men.

When should you discard all cooked leftover food by? ›

Leftovers can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator. Be sure to eat them within that time. After that, the risk of food poisoning increases. If you don't think you'll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately.

How can you tell if a frozen chicken has gone rotten? ›

How To Tell If Frozen Chicken Is Bad?
  1. First, check for a sour smell. ...
  2. Second, you should check for a green or grey color on the chicken. ...
  3. Last, look for a rotten egg or a sour, putrid smell. ...
  4. Another way to tell if the frozen chicken is terrible is to look for a putrid or rotten smell.
24 Dec 2021

Can you eat cooked chicken after 7 days in the fridge? ›

If stored properly (in a ziplock storage bag or sealed container), the USDA says that cooked chicken can last three to four days in the refrigerator. And that goes for any type of cooked chicken—store-bought, homemade, or restaurant leftovers.

How many Eagle required merit badges are there 2022? ›

A total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank) must be earned for the Eagle Scout rank, including these 14 merit badges: (a) First Aid, (b) Citizenship in the Community, (c) Citizenship in the Nation, (d) Citizenship in Society, (e) Citizenship in the World, (f) Communication, (g) Cooking, (h) ...

What percentage of Scouts become Eagle? ›

Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges.

What is the hardest Eagle Scout merit badge? ›

Often considered the most difficult citizenship merit badge to complete, Citizenship in the Community mainly requires scouts to complete projects, volunteer in their community, and understand various knowledge requirements.

How many Eagle Scouts are there 2022? ›

Eight Eagle Scouts in Class of 2022.

What is the rarest Boy Scout merit badge? ›

One look at the requirements, and you'll see why Invention was the least-earned merit badge in the history of the BSA. To earn it, Scouts had to “invent and patent some useful article” and “show a working drawing or model of the same.”

What is the easiest merit badge? ›

The 3 simplest merit badges that any scout can earn are Art, Fingerprinting and Photography. These badges require few supplies and can be quickly completed in an afternoon.

Who is the most famous Eagle Scout? ›

Famous Eagle Scouts
  • Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon.
  • Stephen G. ...
  • Steve Fossett, world record holder, first person to circumnavigate Earth solo in a hot air balloon.
  • Bill Gates, Sr., CEO of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
  • James A. ...
  • The Honorable Richard G. ...
  • J. ...
  • H.

Was Joe Biden an Eagle Scout? ›

President Joe Biden joined the Boy Scout program in his teens as an Explorer Scout. Four U.S. presidents were Cub Scouts in their youth, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

Is Michael Jordan an Eagle Scout? ›

While MJ never made Eagle Scout, that never kept him from soaring. If you've turned a radio on over the past five years, it's incredibly likely that you're familiar with the work of Eagle Scout Dan Reynolds.

Who is the youngest Eagle Scout? ›

Kaylan Ouerbacker is the youngest Eagle Scout ever.

He received the honor at the age of 11. Kaylan, a member of Troop 813 in Ventura, California, was presented with this honor at the Bible Fellowship Church in 2014. After receiving his Eagle Scout status, he was also honored at a gathering in the Ventura Hall.

Does being an Eagle Scout help getting a job? ›

Having Eagle Scout on your resume will improve your job prospects and help you stand out from the competition, especially as a young person applying to an entry-level role. The Eagle award demonstrates leadership skills, persistence and character to potential employers, which will raise your chances of being hired.

What is the hardest Boy Scout rank? ›

It's a tough award to earn, with only 4% of all Boy Scouts reaching Eagle Scout rank. Potentially even more demanding than the Eagle Scout award, and certainly rarer, is the Hornaday award.

Are old Boy Scout merit badges worth anything? ›

Boy Scouts memorabilia

Those who've held onto their patches and medallions have found those items can become very valuable. Large collections are worth the most. Depending on age and condition, some patches could get bids of around $50 or more, while full merit sashes can go for hundreds of dollars.

Which president was an Eagle Scout? ›

Although not an Arrowman (the OA was not offered in Grand Rapids during his youth) Gerald Ford was named a Distinguished Eagle Scout in 1970. To date, Ford has be en the only president to attain the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth.

Do Eagle Scouts get a letter from the president? ›

According to the U.S. Scouting Service Project, parents and family members often request congratulatory letters for new Eagle Scouts from the president, cabinet members, department officials, members of congress and other elected representatives.

Can Eagle Scout be revoked? ›

For this one, I reached out to Michael J. Lo Vecchio, BSA Program Team—Advancement Specialist, and here's Mike's answer: “Once a Scout has earned the Eagle Scout rank, it cannot be revoked unless it was fraudulently obtained—then it takes a legal team to make that determination.

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