My Girl Scout is a foodie. She’s been watching Food Network before she knew her ABCs and loved watching a local scout compete on Rachel Ray’s cooking show.
She had fun doing the Snacks badge as a Brownie, but wasn’t impressed with the Simple Meals badge as a Junior. So we turned to a 1980s Exploring Foods badge, which she enjoyed.
Then we turned back the clock a little more and got our hands on an older retired one (from the 1963-1980 period) and a photocopy of the requirements. My daughter is 90 percent done with that.
So just for fun, I pushed her. We downloaded a copy of the 1920 Scouting for Girls and saw the requirements for the Cook badge.
Could your scout earn a century-old Cooking badge? Let’s find out.
How many of these 13 requirements could you master today?
Build and regulate a fire in a coal or wood stove, or if a gas range is used know how to regulate the heat in the oven, broiler and top.
- What does it mean to boil a food? To broil? To bake? Why is it not advisable to fry food?
- How many cupfuls make a quart? How many tablespoonfuls to a cup? Teaspoonfuls to a tablespoon?
- Be able to cook two kinds of cereal.
- Be able to make tea, coffee and cocoa properly.
- Be able to cook a dried and a fresh fruit.
- Be able to cook three common vegetables in two ways.
- Be able to prepare two kinds of salad. How are salads kept crisp?
- Know the difference in food value between whole milk and skimmed milk.
- Be able to boil or coddle or poach eggs properly.
- Be able to select meat and prepare the cuts for broiling, roasting and stewing OR be able to clean, dress and cook a fowl.
- Be able to make two kinds of quick bread, such as biscuits or muffins.
- Be able to plan menus for one day, choosing at least three dishes in which leftovers may be utilized.
I love these older requirements. Some of the newer badges barely require any knowledge or effort to get a badge. It’s not the badge, it’s the experience and what you learn! Thank you for sharing!