Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Thu, 7 Aug 1997 09:53:00 -0400
Why have Scout cooking skills declined? Easy...compare the current
advancment requirements that have to do with cooking to what a Scout had
to do to earn the "Cooking Skill Award," a requirement to earn the First
Class Rank prior to 1990:
Cooking Skill Award
Reqmt 4a - Locate and prepare a suitable fire site.
Reqmt 4b - Build and light a cooking fire using not more than two
Reqmt 5a - In the outdoors, cook, without utensils, a simple meal. Use
raw meat (or fish or poultry) and at least one raw vegetable, and bread
(twist or ashbread).
Reqmt 5b - In the outdoors, prepare, from raw, dried, or dehydrated
food, for yourself and two others:
(1) A complete breakfast of fruit, hot cooked cereal, hot
beverage, and meat and egges (or pancakes), and
(2) A complete dinner or supper of meat (or fish or poultry), at
least one vegetable, dessert, and bread (biscuit or bannock).
Someone also stated that the Cooking MB was once a "required" badge for
So it really doesn't surprise me that cooking skills have declined. The
BSA lowered the standards!!!
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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