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Here are some resources that could be useful to an Eagle Scout candidate or Scouts who have already attained the Eagle rank.

Eagle Scout & the Cooking Merit Badge

2014-01-11 @ 00:01, Submitted by Michal Dluginski

For the new Cooking merit badge, which becomes Eagle-required on January 1, 2014, Scouts will prepare meals using the MyPlate food guide, understand and explain food allergies, and learn about cooking food indoors.

This is important: there are two big, separate changes to Cooking merit badge as you know it. The first is that Cooking merit badge will become Eagle-required beginning January 1, 2014. The second is the new requirements, found below, which become mandatory for Scouts who begin the merit badge on or after January 1, 2015.

The new Cooking pamphlets will be in Scout Shops by the end of January 2014. From now until December 31, 2014, a Scout may use the old or new requirements - his choice. All Scouts beginning Cooking merit badge on or after January 1, 2015, must use the new requirements.

Let me break it down:

  • Scouts who already started Cooking merit badge using old requirements: they're fine and may finish with the old requirements. They will not need to re-earn the merit badge with the new requirements, but they may switch to the new ones if they choose. There is no time limit between starting and completing a merit badge, although a counselor may determine so much time has passed since any effort took place that the new requirements must be used.
  • Scouts who already earned Cooking merit badge: they may purchase or be presented with the new, silver-bordered Cooking merit badge patch (regardless which requirements were involved). They don't need to re-earn it now that it is Eagle-required. But they can't wear both the green- and silver-bordered versions.
  • Scouts who begin the Cooking merit badge in 2013 or 2014: they may use the old or new requirements - their choice.
  • Scouts who begin Cooking merit badge in 2015 or beyond: they must use the new requirements.

Make sense? Think of 2014 as a transition period for the merit badge. During this time, you'll find both pamphlets in Scout Shops, and a boy may choose which to use.

The new Cooking merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in cooking activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    2. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur while preparing meals and eating, including burns and scalds, cuts, choking, and allergic reactions.
    3. Describe how meat, fish, chicken, eggs, dairy products, and fresh vegetables should be stored, transported, and properly prepared for cooking. Explain how to prevent cross-contamination.
    4. Describe the following food-related illnesses and tell what you can do to help prevent each from happening:
      1. Salmonella
      2. Staphylococcal aureus
      3. Escherichia coli (E. coli)
      4. Clostridium botulinum (Botulism)
      5. Campylobacter jejuni
      6. Hepatitis
      7. Listeria monocytogenes
      8. Cryptosporidium
      9. Norovirus
    5. Discuss with your counselor food allergies, food intolerance, food-related diseases, and your awareness of these concerns.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, give five examples for EACH of the following food groups, the recommended number of daily servings, and the recommended serving size:
      1. Fruits
      2. Vegetables
      3. Grains
      4. Proteins
      5. Dairy
    2. Explain why you should limit your intake of oils and sugars.
    3. Determine your daily level of activity and your caloric need based on your activity level. Then, based on the MyPlate food guide, discuss with your counselor an appropriate meal plan for yourself for one day.
    4. Discuss your current eating habits with your counselor and what you can do to eat healthier, based on the MyPlate food guide.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Discuss the following food label terms: calorie, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugar, protein. Explain how to calculate total carbohydrates and nutritional values for two servings, based on the serving size specified on the label.
    2. Refer to "How to Read a Food Label" in the Cooking merit badge pamphlet, and name ingredients that help the consumer identify the following allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, and shellfish.
  4. Do the following:
    1. Discuss EACH of the following cooking methods. For each one, describe the equipment needed and name at least one food that can be cooked using that method: baking, boiling, pan frying, simmering, steaming, microwaving, and grilling.
    2. Discuss the benefits of using a camp stove on an outing vs. a charcoal or wood fire.
    3. Discuss how the Outdoor Code and no-trace principles pertain to cooking in the outdoors.

    Note: The meals prepared for Cooking merit badge requirements 5, 6, and 7 will count only toward fulfilling those requirements and will not count toward rank advancement. Meals prepared for rank advancement may not count toward the Cooking merit badge. You must not repeat any menus for meals actually prepared or cooked in requirements 5, 6, and 7.

  5. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, plan a menu for three full days of meals (three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners) plus one dessert. Your menu should include enough to feed yourself and at least one adult, keeping in mind any special needs (such as food allergies) of those to be served. List the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve these meals. Then do the following:
    1. Create a shopping list for your meals showing the amount of food needed to prepare and serve each meal, and the cost for each meal.
    2. Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor.
    3. Using at least five of the seven cooking methods from requirement 4, prepare and serve yourself and at least one adult (parent, family member, guardian, or other responsible adult) one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and one dessert from the meals you planned.*
    4. Time your cooking to have each meal ready to serve at the proper time. Have an adult verify the preparation of the meal to your counselor.
    5. After each meal, ask a person you served to evaluate the meal on presentation and taste, then evaluate your own meal. Discuss what you learned with your counselor, including any adjustments that could have improved or enhanced your meals. Tell how better planning and preparation help ensure a successful meal.
    6. Explain how you kept foods safe and free from cross-contamination.
  6. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, plan a menu for your patrol (or a similar size group of up to eight youth, including you) for a camping trip. Include five meals AND at least one snack OR one dessert. List the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve these meals. Then do the following:
    1. Create a shopping list for your meals showing the amount of food needed to prepare and serve each meal, and the cost for each meal.
    2. Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor.
    3. In the outdoors, cook two of the meals you planned in requirement 6 using either a lightweight stove or a low-impact fire. Use a different cooking method for each meal.** The same fireplace may be used for both meals. Serve this meal to your patrol or a group of youth.
    4. In the outdoors, cook one of the meals you planned in requirement 6. Use either a Dutch oven, OR a foil pack, OR kabobs. Serve this meal to your patrol or a group of youth.**
    5. In the outdoors, prepare a dessert OR a snack and serve it to your patrol or a group of youth.**
    6. * The meals for requirement 5 may be prepared on different days, and they need not be prepared consecutively. The requirement calls for Scouts to plan, prepare, and serve one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner to at least one adult; those served need not be the same for all meals.

      ** Where local regulations do not allow you to build a fire, the counselor may adjust the requirement to meet the law. The meals in requirements 6 and 7 may be prepared for different trips and need not be prepared consecutively. Scouts working on this badge in summer camp should take into consideration foods that can be obtained at the camp commissary.

    7. After each meal, have those you served evaluate the meal on presentation and taste, and then evaluate your own meal. Discuss what you learned with your counselor, including any adjustments that could have improved or enhanced your meals. Tell how better planning and preparation help ensure successful outdoor cooking.
    8. Explain how you kept foods safe and free from cross contamination.
  7. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, plan a menu for trail hiking or backpacking that includes one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and one snack. These meals must not require refrigeration and are to be consumed by three to five people (including you). List the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve these meals. Then do the following:
    1. Create a shopping list for your meals, showing the amount of food needed to prepare and serve each meal, and the cost for each meal.
    2. Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor. Your plan must include how to repackage foods for your hike or backpacking trip to eliminate as much bulk, weight, and garbage as possible.
    3. While on a trail hike or backpacking trip, prepare and serve two meals and a snack from the menu planned for requirement 7. At least one of those meals must be cooked over a fire, or an approved trail stove (with proper supervision).**
    4. For each meal prepared in requirement 7c, use safe foodhandling practices. Explain how you kept foods safe and free from cross-contamination. Clean up equipment, utensils, and the site thoroughly after each meal. Properly dispose of dishwater, and pack out all garbage.
    5. After each meal, have those you served evaluate the meal on presentation and taste, then evaluate your own meal. Discuss what you learned with your counselor, including any adjustments that could have improved or enhanced your meals. Tell how better planning and preparation help ensure successful trail hiking or backpacking meals.
  8. Find out about three career opportunities in cooking. Select one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Cooking Merit Badge FAQ

2014-01-11 @ 00:01, Submitted by Michal Dluginski

FAQs on Cooking Merit Badge and the January 1 Deadline

Question: I completed all my requirements for Eagle before January 1, 2014 but I didn't submit my Eagle Scout Rank Application to the Council Service Center until after January 1, 2014. Do I have to go back and earn Cooking merit badge?

Answer: NO! As long as all the requirements were fulfilled before January. 1, 2014, it doesn't matter when the Eagle application is submitted. In fact, the application itself may be completed and signed after that date, and there is no requirement that the signatures on the application must have come before January 1, 2014.

Question: I completed all my Eagle requirements and even turned in my Eagle application just after Christmas, but they wouldn't schedule my Board of Review until sometime in January. Do I have to go back and earn Cooking merit badge?

Answer: NO! Your Board of Review may occur on or after January 1, 2014 as long as you completed all your requirements before then.

Question: I just turned 18, but I completed all my requirements for Eagle on December 28, 2013, that is, except for my Scoutmaster Conference. My Scoutmaster wasn't available until the first week of January 2014. Since I never earned Cooking merit badge am I going to be denied my Eagle?

Answer: According to the rules, that is a possibility. With the exception of the Board of Review, all the Eagle requirements, including the Scoutmaster Conference, needed to have been completed before January 1, 2014. That said, however, if any requirement was not completed before January 1, 2014 a Scout, his parent or guardian, his unit leader, or a member of the unit committee, may submit a request for an extension of time to earn the Eagle Scout rank. These are rarely granted and available only in cases where circumstances occurred due to no fault or choice of the Scout. Before considering submitting a request for an extension, it is important to read topics 9.0.4.0 and 9.0.4.1 in the Guide to Advancement. This will help you understand if your case has merit and should be submitted.

Question: I became a Life Scout toward the beginning of 2013 and finished my Eagle Scout service project in November 2013, but I still need a couple of merit badges. According to topic 4.0.0.1 in the Guide to Advancement, since I began work on my Eagle before January 1, 2014 I can continue with the old requirements until I finish the rank; so it looks like I don't need Cooking merit badge, right?

Answer: No; wrong. Sorry. It's good that you consulted the Guide to Advancement, but we're thinking you did not read the whole topic. In the second paragraph under 4.0.0.1, it says, "...the Scout Handbook, the Boy Scout Requirements book, or other official communications from the National Council may ... establish a date by when the use of the old requirements must cease." In this case, January 1, 2014 was established as that date, and this was published in the 2013 Boy Scout Requirements book and also in Advancement News, which is an official publication of the National Council.

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