• Dutch ovens


Learn how to cook simple meals and understand the role nutrition plays in your physical health.


Plan a series of activities to help you learn how to cook. These activities should be planned by various team members and chosen from the following five fields of emphasis. You should also choose and plan a culminating activity—such as a Dutch oven cook-off with other Scout teams—from one of the fields of emphasis.

Fields of emphasis

Personal development

  • Invite a local nutritionist or dietitian to teach the team principles of good nutrition and how nutrition affects physical well-being.
  • Develop a nutritional menu and shopping list. Shop for your food using a small budget.
  • Practice cooking various meals, including breakfast and dinner.
  • Invite immigrants from your community to teach your team how to make meals from other countries.
  • Visit a local restaurant, and discuss meal preparation and safety with the restaurant’s kitchen staff.
  • Visit a local culinary arts school. Explore careers in the food industry and how to succeed in those careers.


  • Visit a soup kitchen, and provide service by preparing or serving a meal.
  • Prepare and serve a meal for a Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet.

High adventure

  • Plan and participate in a trip to a gourmet restaurant. Observe the food they serve and the various roles and responsibilities of the staff.
  • Plan for and prepare a gourmet dinner with your team members for your families. Make sure to include careful budgeting and meal-planning techniques.

Special programs and events

  • Organize a Dutch oven cook-off with other Varsity Scout teams. Invite other units to participate as cooks or judges.
  • Organize an etiquette dinner as a combined activity for other youth or for the parents of your team.
  • Develop your own recipe and share it with your team.


  • Conduct a merit badge clinic for cooking
  • Learn ways to cook on an overnight campout. Demonstrate what you learn on a team campout.

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