Teaching Scouts Outdoor Cooking

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by wildchef, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. wildchef

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    I have 25 Scouts ranging from new Scouts to Eagles who can't cook outdoors! I'm new to this troop and, because my son can cook really well, he's stuck cooking for every trip. Long story short, I talked with the Scoutmaster and convinced him that I could host an "Outdoor Cooking" class. Anyone have any must make dishes?
     
  2. michaelga

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  3. meezenplaz

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    Great references Michael!
     
  4. k bo

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    I've been a troop Scoutmaster for over 7 years and was an assistant scoutmaster for many years before that. I have encountered the same thing. In my experience in troops where scouts lack camp cooking knowledge and skills is often a result of adult leaders doing the prep work and cooking for the scouts rather than to explain demonstrate guide and enabling (see scouting training E.D.G.E.) The requirement for first class requires scouts to practice and learn these necessary skill. I always suggest that new scouts take the cooking merit badge.

    But to get to your issue, there are many good resources on the web, I like boyscoutcooking.com also boyscouttrail.com they have some great general information. Anything and everything by Cliff Jacobson, cliff-jacobson.com is a must-visit resource. l consider him the authority on all issues camping. He is an Eagle Scout with a perspective and point of view based on many years of experience. He has written several books and has a great DVD out.

    I would suggest that prior to a camp out provide some instruction on the issue from someone with experience. Depending on what resources are available in your troop or district, it really helps to have an instructor with knowledge and experience in camp cooking. I also believe in and have learned from experience that the patrol method is key to the boys learning. Having older scouts demonstrate and set an example provides a leadership opportunity for the older boy and I believe younger boys learn a lot from older scouts.

    Boys learn by doing and sometimes messing up. I had an instructor at leader training (who had been a scout leader and trainer for over 30) tell us an adult leader should never do something a boy could do, and if you see the boys burning the pancakes let them burn the pancakes. That is how they learn.

    Good luck, there is great satisfaction in seeing scouts learn and develop confidence in themselves.

    Yours in scouting,

    K Bo
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