My younger scout is about to do his trail cooking requirement for the Cooking Merit Badge. His current MBC is new to the Cooking Merit Badge and he pointed out there is a conflict between Requirement 6d (see below) and the worksheet which mentioned a heat source for meal #1 &Meal #2. The issue here is should the scout follows the requirement instruction or the worksheet with reference to the heat source for both meals? For me - who is also a cooking MBC, it’s clear from the requirement that only one meal is required to be cooked. The fact that the worksheet has a heat source line for both meal #1 and #2 just allows for the option that in the event both meals are cooked, list the heat source.
I would like some opinion on this matter. My son will be on a trail hike with some time constraint and having to cook one meals over a fire/trail stove instead of 2 goes a long way in saving time. I have a older scout who did this same cooking requirement last year and his cooking MBC did not require a 2nd meal to be cooked over fire/trail stove. Can someone provide me with your interpretation of this requirement? I want to reply to the current MBC by stating that he should follow the requirement, not the worksheet with a line for heat source which could simply be marked as N/A.
From Cooking Merit Badge - source Scoutbook.com:
6d) While on a trail hike or backpacking trip, prepare and serve two meals and a snack from the menu planned for this requirement. At least one of those meals must be cooked over a fire, or an approved trail stove (with proper supervision).