Re: cooking askills
Bob Gallo (rmgallo@NETGSI.COM)
Wed, 6 Aug 1997 09:18:33 -0400
Your experience with cooking skills with young men who are suppose to be
experienced Scouts is unfortunately not unique. Part of the problem is
sufficent exposure to different cooking skills and techniques. Cooking
merit badge was required for Eagle when I was a Scout. As you know,
that is not the case today. Additionally, the cooking requirements on
the road to First Class do not require knowledge of reflector ovens,
dutch ovens, etc. When it comes to menu planning, a lot of units just
get lazy and go with peanut butter and rahman noodles.
Another part of the problem is knowledge retention. Even if they were
taught to use neat outdoor cooking skills and techniques, unless there
are frequent opportunities to use them, they won't retain the skills.
I know and have known units that plan a couple of camping trips a year
to teach and emphasize creative outdoor cooking, but these are very few.
The funny thing is . . . I don't know a single young man that does not
enjoy great meals in the outdoors or the challenge of preparing them.
Creative outdoor meals really add something to the total experience. I
bet there wasn't any left over chocolate cake with your group!
- BOB GALLO
Varsity Team 292
Bel Air Ward, Baltimore MD Stake
Harford District, Baltimore Area Council
Judy Johnson wrote:
> Last week I went backpacking with the young women and young men in our
> ward. Many of the young men on the trip were star or life rank. I was
> surprised at the numer of them that survived on cup-a-soup and trail mix.
> On the second evening I pulled out the ingredients for chocolate cake to be
> baked in the reflector oven. I was astonished at the number of boys that
> had never heard of such a device or used one.
> Is this a familiar experience to you out there? Or is my experience this
> last week unique?
> Judy Johnson
> 411 West Lincoln Road
> Stockton, California 95207
> (209) 986-7444
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