This adventure introduces Bear Scouts to the fun of preparing their own meals and snacks. They learn basic skills and safety practices when cooking inside or outside. Scouts also learn how to select, prepare, and perfect their own recipes. The skills learned in this adventure can be the groundwork for the Cooking merit badge and the quartermaster leadership position once the Bear becomes a Boy Scout.


  • Learning basic cooking skills
  • Understanding how to read a recipe
  • Practicing kitchen safety
  • Preparing nutritious snacks independently
  • A Scout is clean. [Bear Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Bear Handbook, page 154)

  1. 1. Do the following:
    a. Create your own Bear cookbook using at least five recipes you can cook or prepare either on your own or with some adult help. Include one page with information about first aid. You should include one recipe for a breakfast item, one for lunch, and one for dinner, and two recipes for nutritious snacks.
    b. Prepare for cooking by explaining the importance of planning, tool selection, and cooking safety.
    c. Go on a grocery shopping trip with your den or with an adult. Check the price of different brands of one single item, and compare the price of a ready-made item with the price of the same item you would make yourself.
  2. Do the following:
    a. With the help of an adult, select one food item, and follow a recipe to prepare it for your family in your kitchen. Clean up after the preparation and cooking.
    b. With the help of an adult, select one food item, and follow a recipe to prepare it outdoors for your family or den. Clean up after the preparation and cooking.
  3. Select and prepare two nutritious snacks for yourself, your family, or your den.


Prior to the first meeting, have your Scouts search for five recipes they like. Ask them to bring the recipes to the meeting for the Bear Scout cookbooks they will make.

Some requirements or activities may need to be done by the Bear Scout at home with his family.

If the den meeting site has kitchen facilities, requirement 2a may be completed as a den. Invite family members to participate. Requirement 2b can be completed as an outdoor den activity.

Requirement 3 can be performed both for the family and for the den. You may assign Scouts to bring snacks to the meetings to meet this requirement. (More than one boy can bring snacks to each meeting.)

Meeting 2 will be a den outing to a grocery store. Select and make plans with the location in advance. Confirm that a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and that transportation to and from the event is in place. Secure signed activity consent forms.


To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.

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