Cast Iron Chef

Cast Iron Chef,
a Webelos Required Adventure

The Webelos Den Leader guide says, “In this adventure, Webelos Scouts will learn about good nutrition, how to safely cook meals in the outdoors, and how to balance meal planning and finances.”

Read on to discover this adventure’s requirements and fun ways to complete them!

Requirements:

Complete at least Requirements 1 and 2 below.

  1. Plan a menu for a balanced meal for your den or family. Determine the budget for the meal. If possible, shop for the items on your menu. Stay within your budget.
  2. Prepare a balanced meal for your den or family. If possible, use one of these methods for preparation of part of the meal: camp stove, Dutch oven, box oven, solar oven, open campfire, or charcoal grill. Demonstrate an understanding of food safety practices while preparing the meal.
  3. Use tinder, kindling, and fuel wood to demonstrate how to build a fire in an appropriate outdoor location. If circumstances permit and there is no local restriction on fires, show how to safely light the fire, under the supervision of an adult. After allowing the fire to burn safely, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site.

Webelos Cast Iron Chef Nutrition Goals

Cast Iron ChefIn the Webelos Cast Iron Chef adventure, our Cub Scouts will learn about good nutrition. For requirement 2, they will set “personal nutritional goals,” keep a food journal for a week and review the journal to see if they’ve met their goals.

Update:  The 2016 modifications to the Cub Scout program eliminated this requirement.  However, I’m leaving this post because you may find it useful for working with your children outside of Cub Scouts.

A while ago, I put together a food journal that can be printed. There is a space on the form for boys to write down their goals.  Every time the boys record what they’ve eaten, they’ll see their goals.

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Cub Scout Nutrition Games

Cub Scout Nutrition GamesThe new Cub Scout adventure program has several food activities.  For some of them, the boys are bringing a nutritious snack to their den meetings.  For others, they are planning and preparing a nutritious meal for their families or for a campout.

Regardless, the boys will need to identify healthy foods.  What better way to learn than with Cub Scout nutrition games! Continue reading

Food Safety Practices for Outdoor Cooking

food safetyIn the new Cub Scout Adventure program, our Webelos will complete the Cast Iron Chef adventure.  This will help them learn how to cook outdoors which has some challenges that we don’t have when cooking indoors.

One of the challenges is how to keep your food safe when you don’t have the luxury of a refrigerator.  Our boys need to learn good food safety practices while cooking outdoors.

Webelos Adventure –  Cast Iron Chef 2:  Prepare a balanced meal for your den or family. If possible, use one of these methods for preparation of part of the meal: camp stove, Dutch oven, box oven, solar oven, open campfire, or charcoal grill. Demonstrate an understanding of food safety practices while preparing the meal. Continue reading

Teaching Cub Scouts How to Build a Fire

how to build a fireMy Bear and I have been reading The Genius Files:  Mission Unstoppable, and one of the main characters talks about the science behind fire.  We learned that you have to have three things to have a fire:  heat, oxygen and fuel.  What a coincidence that I’m writing about fire today!

In the new Cub Scout program, Webelos are required to build a fire in one of their Adventures.

Webelos Adventure:  Cast Iron Chef 3:  Use tinder, kindling, and fuel wood to demonstrate how to build a fire in an appropriate outdoor location. If circumstances permit and there is no local restriction on fires, show how to safely light the fire, under the supervision of an adult. After allowing the fire to burn safely, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site. Continue reading

Webelos Food Journal Template

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One of the required Webelos Adventures in the new Cub Scout program is Cast Iron Chef.  For this adventure, the Webelos will learn how to build and extinguish a fire and cook outdoors.  They’ll also learn about personal nutrition, planning and budgeting for balanced meals and food preparation safety. Continue reading