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Requirement 5 Does not have to be done Outdoor or at a Campout 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:
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.
Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor.
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.*
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.
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.
I like the changes - funny, I always required that the backpacking meal be made on a backpacking trip. I wasn't trying to add to the requirements, it was just logical in my head. You have to factor in weight, uneven surface, and gear when choosing a backpacking meal. There was never a problem getting it all done - we camp every month, and we have enough backpacking to keep that from being an issue.
We are very strict about who in our Troop is an MBC - and we have removed people from the list more than once when the demonstrated a lack of knowledge or ability to teach a particular badge. Perhaps I should say that we welcome all, but we monitor (trust, but verify!).
I have been on the Council's list of MBCs for ages - but have only been called once in 10 years by someone outside of our unit.
I personally think that Cooking for Each Merit Badge should be done Separately..
Cook for Cooking
Cooking Requirements for Camping Merit Badge listed in it's own Requirement
Cooking Requirements for Back Packing Badge listed in it's own Requirements
Lets face it...we try to short cut and Earn Merit Badges in a Day Now Days, So we want to do it all at one time. Cook 1 Meal for 3 Merit Badges..Git 'er Done Attitude