Re: Cooking Skills
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Thu, 7 Aug 1997 21:07:24 -0400
> From: Calvin H. Gray <405geezer@IGG-TX.NET>
> Date: Thursday, August 07, 1997 09:53
-a little snip here, a little snip there--
> Why have Scout cooking skills declined? Easy...compare the current
> advancment requirements that have to do with cooking to what a Scout
> to do to earn the "Cooking Skill Award," a requirement to earn the
> Class Rank prior to 1990:
Calvin disclosed the set of requirements for Cooking SA here. For the
most part, all of the skills he mentioned are currently required for
1st and 2nd Class ranks. One could argue (I'm sure many will ;-)) that
these current standards are easier. The only real significantly
different QUANTIFIABLE change between the requirements Calvin shared
and the current rank requirements is the "use only two matches to light
the fire" in the skill award.
> So it really doesn't surprise me that cooking skills have declined.
> BSA lowered the standards!!!
I'm not sure I sign up to the "lower standards" school on this point.
Changed, certainly. I'm more inclined to say the skill has declined
more on the part of pre-cooked meals, the microwave, and fast food
This is certainly not an excuse for not having our young men and women
learn self sufficiency skills. I personally began helping with meal
prep and cooking entire meals on my own when I was about 7 or 8, a
direct influence of being a Cub Scout. This included meals with the
Den, at home, and church groups. I have since enjoyed the, uhm,
"mystery" of trying something new, finding out how good it is OR
laughing at whatever it was supposed to be ;-Q.
I'm all for the merit badge returning to the fold as a required one.
Maybe even as an optional with camping (I'll probably get consigned to
the ranks of the excommunicated for saying that, but think about it).
Gotta go. I hear the microwave buzzer.
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