Cooking Merit Badge is a great Eagle-required Merit Badge for scouts to start thinking about early in their scouting career. Home cooking should be done at home (!) and does not require troop involvement, so it can be done at the scout’s own pace.

Many counselors accept trail cooking completed on non-scouting outings, and some even accept portable outdoor cooking on non-hiking activities (e.g., canoeing or hunting). And some counselors allow non-troop camping outings to count towards Cooking Merit Badge. As always, check with your counselor IN ADVANCE if you have any questions or are counting a particular outing to complete your badge.

Check out our resources including meal planning tips and recipe suggestions, the MyPlate calorie calculator and daily meal plans, and recommendations for dealing with food allergies and intolerances.

Meal Evaluations

You are welcome to use the meal evaluation worksheets in the Merit Badge Workbooks. Here is another variation to help you capture key information about each meal you prepare.

Meal Planning Tips and Recipes

Healthy Eating and the USDA’s MyPlate Program

To learn about healthy food choices, you can use the USDA’s MyPlate calculator below to determine your daily caloric needs, and then find the appropriate MyPlate Plan planner for your recommended daily intake and age:

Please click on the link below for the recommended calorie intake for your age and activity level (as determine by the MyPlate calculator to the left).

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Ages 14+ 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400 2600 2800 3000 3200



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Allergies and Food Intolerances

Here are some references for parents and scouts interested in learning more about food allergies: