scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: First Class Cooking Requirement
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET
Tue Aug 15 2000 - 08:40:13 CDT
<Sarah Nunez wrote>
First Class requirement 4a says in part:
Help plan a patrol menu for one campout--including one breakfast, lunch, and
dinner--that requires cooking.
Our SM/ASM corps is disagreeing on whether that means that EACH of the three
meals must involve cooking, or AT LEAST ONE of the three meals must involve
cooking. What says the list?
It means that the entire menu requires cooking. The purpose of this
requirement is to challenge the Scout to plan a menu that he likes, can
cook, and his patrol will enjoy. If you "lighten" the requirement and allow
meals that don't need to be cooked, you can expect to see more of the same
when menus are planned for other campouts.
Personally, I tend to be harder on menus for First Class than I am for other
menus. The reason is simple, I want to challenge my Scouts to try something
more difficult than Ramen noodles. I also want to show them that cooking
really isn't as difficult as they think. For the purposes of this
requirement, I don't generally allow "instant" meals for any of the meals
except lunch. I DO give them every chance to be creative, especially when it
comes to cooking the meal (i.e. every preparation step need not be completed
For the record, my assistants and myself eat the same food the Scouts eat on
most campouts. We also have a couple campouts where the adults cook for the
Scouts (usually during district and council events where the adults have
more time to prepare meals than the Scouts do).
A. J. Mako, Scoutmaster, email@example.com
Old Portage District, Great Trail Council