!st Class Cooking 1998
James Wellborn (wellboj@HITTER.NET)
Wed, 16 Sep 1998 17:01:52 -0400
Our Troop accomodated 1st class cooking this way:
We had a new Scout patrol, Road Runners, that was full of go getters. (I
bet 6 or the 10 make Eagle).
They progressed at a similar pace. After Summer Camp, the only "do"
requirement was the cooking so we planned 2 camping trips to nearby
sites. We (PLC) emphasized cooking and Cooking Merit Badge for the
On the camping trips, most of the Roadrunners went and some from other
Patrols did as well. We improvised interum patrols of 3 (accomodating
some of the Cooking Merit Badge definitions). We included some
adults(no more than 1 per group) to serve as extra mouths. The adults
could (AND WERE) assigned duties other than cooking (collecting wood,
water, prep, clean-up). That severed several purposes. The Scouts
enjoyed assigning an adult a task, and it gave the adults (3 of us) a
chance to model "cheerful service" and offering to help in non assigned
areas (pick up a few sticks to add to the wood pile, make a rain tarp
over the wood, etc).
It took two campouts ( and an extra hole in my belt). (Some 1-2 year
Scouts are still "afraid" to take the responsibility of feeding, but
still wake early and always come to ask someone "How can I help?"...)
They got the idea of the details that need to be addressed to make sure
people eat "on time" and have sanitary utencils to use the next time and
to get things safely back into the appropriate patrol box for the next
Looks like the new requirements will spread it out a bit.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City