Re: Help needed on 1st Class Cooking Requirements Guidelines
Richard B. Pyne (rpyne@PROVO.LIB.UT.US)
Sat, 16 Mar 1996 16:00:09 -0700
> During a recent campout, several of the patrol cooks wanted to be
> signed off for their 1st class cooking requirement and prepared the
> appropriate number of meals toward that requirement. Two of the
> scout cooks used a lot of canned foods ( canned chili, canned beef
> stew, canned soup, canned vegetables, etc.) in preparing their meals
> and a many of the scouts and scouters felt that they should not get
> credit for these meals toward 1st class.
While I may personally agree that openning a can does not qualify,
the official requirement (1995-97 Boy Scout Requirements, Pg. 5) is:
"4. On one campout, serve as your patrol's cook. Prepare a breakfast,
lunch, and dinner menu that requires cooking; secure ingredients;
supervise your assistants in fire building; and prepare the meals.
Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals, and supervise
If the requirement has been met, then the sign off should be given.
If the requirement was not met COMPLETELY, then the
sign off sould not be given. As I read this requirement, it does not
say to fix breakfast on one campout, lunch for another, etc. It says
do the whole thing on one campout.
I can see how the question could arise as to wheather using canned
foods constitutes "cooking." I reviewed chapter 5 of The Boy Scout
Handbook, and found that it was very thorough on food preparation and
cooking and never once mentioned openning a can and heating its
My recommendation would be to hold a Scoutmaster's conference with
each of the boys asking for the sign off and reviewing chapter 5 and
the requirements and then asking each if they feel they honestly
fulfilled the requirement. Accept each boy's decision, as he will have
to live with his own conscience if he has any doubt.
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