WELCOME TO THE BEAR DEN
Welcome to the Bear Den! While each rank in Cub Scouting is referred to as a "den" as a group of people, a "den" is also a place that animals can retreat to and call home. This is your den for the HomeScouting Adventure Club for Bears!
Bears are boys and girls in the third grade in fall of 2020. When you're ready, get started on your first HomeScouting Adventure!
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BEAR PICNIC BASKET
When your stomach growls like a bear, you know it is time to eat. In this adventure, you will get to eat some yummy food that you create yourself. You will learn how to cook at home and at a camp, and you will even put together your own Bear cookbook to record your favorite recipes. Cooking is a lot of fun, so go wash your paws and let’s get busy in the kitchen!
Make sure to download the connected worksheet for this month's adventure!
Bears must complete at least three of the requirements below
CREATE A BEAR COOKBOOK
*three are required for adventure*
Requirement 1: 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.
How does a new chef get started? With a recipe, of course!
There are many places you can look for recipes. Here are some
Ask your family members about things they like to cook. Some families hand
down recipes from generation to generation. Your parents or grandparents
may have cookbooks they have used for many years that you can borrow.
PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Do you have friends and neighbors who came to the United States from other countries? Do you have family members who live in another part of the world? Different cultures often have very different styles of food that are fun to try.
Your local library probably has cookbooks you can borrow. You may even find cookbooks designed just for kids like you.
NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES
Many newspapers have a food section with recipes. Magazines also contain recipes! Ask your family, neighbors, or other adults you know if they have magazines with recipes you can look through.
There are several TV networks that have shows dedicated to food and recipes.
With the help of an adult, you can research recipes on the Internet. You’ll be surprised at how many different recipes you can find for the same food item!
Check cereal and baking mix boxes for recipe suggestions.
OTHER CUB SCOUTS
Ask your friends what they like to eat and how they cook it. You can exchange recipes with your friends.
You can create your own recipes by experimenting with flavors, seasonings, and cooking methods. Start with a few basic ingredients, and then add other ingredients to make your recipe. Be sure to keep notes as you are creating so you will remember what you did. Don’t be afraid to try new things!
After you have gathered your recipes, put them in a book that you can use at home or take on a campout.
NOW MAKE YOUR COOKBOOK
Pencil / Markers / Crayons
Write each recipe on a 4-by-6-inch index card.
Make front and back covers out of heavy cardboard by cutting the cardboard to size.
Punch two holes along the upper edge of each card and each cover, then use string or a shoelace to tie the book together. (Be sure the holes are in the same places on each card.)
OPTIONAL: Cover the front and back with fabric and glue, stickers, or your own original artwork.
Cooking First Aid
Here is some first-aid information to add to your cookbook. Write this information on an index card or print it from your connected worksheet that you can cut out and glue onto an index card.
Minor Burn Or Scald
A burn happens when your skin touches something hot. A scald happens when your skin comes in contact with hot steam. Both can be painful and need some first-aid attention. If the skin is unbroken, run cool water over the area of the burn or soak it in cool water (not ice water). Keep the area under the water for at least five minutes. A clean, cold, wet towel will also help reduce pain. Show the burned area to an adult.
Small cuts in the skin can allow bacteria to enter the body and cause infection. Wash minor cuts with soap and water. Apply antibiotic ointment and cover with a dry, sterile dressing or an adhesive bandage to help prevent infection and protect the wound. Before applying a bandage, show the cut to an adult. Clean and rebandage wounds each day. If the cut is more serious, get help from an adult immediately. Taking proper care of a wound will help prevent other health issues like an infection.
Anytime someone is injured, tell an adult first.
IMPORTANCE OF COOKING SAFETY
*three are required for adventure*
Requirement 2: Prepare for cooking by explaining the importance of planning, tool selection, and cooking safety.
You’ve collected your recipes and you’re ready to roll, right? Before you start opening packages and mixing things up, you need to understand a few things. These things will help you be the best cook you can be.
Do these things first:
Decide what you want to cook, and find a recipe.
Read the recipe all the way to the end. Now read it again. Make sure you have plenty of time
and you understand what to do. If the recipe is hard to understand, ask for help.
Check your pantry and refrigerator to make sure you have all the ingredients you need. It’s
hard to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich if you don’t have any peanut butter!
Check your pans and utensils to make sure you have the right ones. Some recipes call for special tools, such as cookie cutters or a mixer.
Consider food allergies. If you are cooking for other people, ask them about any food allergies they have so you don’t prepare something that will make them sick.
Wash your hands and make sure your work surfaces are clean. Wipe down surfaces with soapy water and rinse them off.
Depending on what you are going to cook, you may need some of these tools.
A Scout is clean. Food safety is the most important part of cooking. It’s even more important than dessert!
Kitchen spoon. Some have slots in the bowl to drain liquid.
Whisk. This tool lets you whip egg whites or scramble eggs.
Blender or food processor. This tool mixes liquids together. It may also have a setting to chop ingredients.
Kitchen knife. This tool is used to cut up ingredients like fruit and vegetables.
Measuring cups. These tools let you measure ingredients. When a recipe calls for 2 cups of flour or a half cup of milk, grab your measuring cups.
Measuring spoons. These tools are similar to measuring cups, but they measure small amounts like teaspoons and tablespoons.
Hand mixer or electric mixer. These tools make it easier to mix ingredients.
Here are some words you may see in recipes.
Stir. Combine ingredients until they look smooth and are all one color. Batters (cake, cupcake, pancake, etc.) should usually not be lumpy, but check the recipe to be sure.
Mix. Combine wet ingredients (eggs, milk, butter, etc.) and dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, etc.) to form a batter. You can do this with a whisk or a mixer.
Beat. Mix quickly to make the mixture smooth and light.
Blend. Make a very smooth liquid with no lumps. The mixture should look like a runny milkshake or smoothie.
Chop. Cut ingredients into smaller pieces with a knife on a cutting board. Ask for help from an adult with this so you don’t cut yourself.
Bake. Cook the food in an oven. Preheat the oven to the right temperature before putting the food in. An adult can help you with this step.
Fry, sauté, or brown. Cook something in a skillet on the stovetop. Heat a little oil in the pan first to keep the food from sticking.
Stoves and ovens can cause serious burns, steam from pots can scald your skin, and sharp tools can cause cuts. Also, if you handle food the wrong way, people can get sick. Follow these rules to keep yourself and the people who will eat your food safe.
Request permission to use the kitchen, and know your family’s safety rules before using anything in the kitchen.
Have a first-aid kit nearby in case you hurt yourself.
Ask an adult for help when you need to use a knife, the stovetop, or the oven.
Wear shoes in case you drop a heavy pan or a glass bowl or measuring cup.
Keep work surfaces and your hands clean. Wash your hands before you start cooking, after you handle raw meat, and when you are done cooking.
Clean up your pots and pans, utensils, and work surfaces once you have finished. Wash your dishes or place them in the dishwasher.
When you join a troop, you will work with your patrol (which is similar to a den) to plan your meals, do the shopping, and prepare and cook them as a group.
Sometimes you will need to change a recipe to make it work for you. Let’s say you have a recipe for one apple crisp but you need to double the size. You can use math skills to change the recipe. Use your math skills to change this recipe. (Use your connected worksheet).
See how easy that was? You can use the same math to prepare enough snacks for your entire den. You can also divide everything if the recipe will make more food than you need. That’s not the only kind of change you can make. If you don’t like apples, you can substitute peaches. If you like nuts or raisins, you can add those too.
Usually, it’s a good idea to follow a recipe exactly the first time you make it. The next time, try some small changes. Make a note of your changes so you can remember them in the future.
PREPARE A NUTRITIOUS SNACK
*three are required for adventure*
Requirement 3: Select and prepare two nutritious snacks for yourself or your family.
Nutritious snacks can give you a boost of energy between meals. There are lots of great snacks that you can make with little or no help from an adult.
Here are some examples:
Nuts (pecans, walnuts, peanuts, etc.)
Fresh fruit or dried fruit
Raw vegetables (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers)
You can eat these snacks by themselves or put them together to create something even better! Here are some examples:
Cream cheese and jelly on graham crackers and a glass of milk
Apple slices with peanut butter or cheese
Dried fruit mixed with your favorite nut
Raw vegetables or sliced fruit dipped in yogurt
Celery with peanut butter and raisins
None of these snacks have to be cooked, so they are easy to prepare, however you do need to remember the kitchen safety rules you learned. You should also wash raw fruits and vegetables with skin on them before you eat them.
These ideas are just beginning! Put your chef's hat and see how creative you can be in making snacks that taste great and are good for you, too.
PREPARE A NUTRITIOUS SNACK
*three are required for adventure*
Requirement 4: With the help of an adult, select a recipe to prepare for your family. Help to select the needed ingredients, perhaps from a garden, grocery store, or farmers' market. Cook and serve your planned meal. Clean up after the preparation and cooking.
You can choose all sorts of food items to prepare at home. Here are some examples:
Breakfast: French toast or scrambled eggs
Lunch: Tuna, chicken salad, or grilled cheese sandwich
Dinner: Spaghetti with sauce or tacos
Pick one of these items or something else to prepare. Talk with everyone about how they liked what you cooked and decide what you would do differently next time.
You may decide you want to make changes to your recipe the next time. Maybe there wasn’t enough food to go around. Maybe the food was too spicy (or not spicy enough). Write down the changes you would make so you remember them next time. Finally, be sure to clean up the kitchen and all the pots, pans, and utensils you used. Remember that a Scout is clean!
TAKE THE COOKING OUTDOORS!
In many ways, cooking outdoors is just like cooking indoors. You can really cook anything at camp that you can cook at home. But there are some additional questions to think about. What will the cooking source be? Will it be charcoal in a fire ring, a grill, or a camping stove? (All of these methods require the help of an adult.) Is there water nearby for easy cleanup? How will you get the food to the cooking site? How do you need to adjust the cooking times and methods?
Here are some ideas for each meal:
Breakfast: Oatmeal or pancakes
Lunch: Grilled hot dogs or soup
Dinner: Foil dinner or English muffin pizza
ENGLISH MUFFIN PIZZA
You will need one English muffin split into two pieces. Spread pizza sauce on both halves, add any ingredient to the top that you like, and cover with cheese. Place your pizzas on a piece of heavyduty foil and turn the edges of the foil up, or place them in a pan covered with foil. Have an adult help you place the foil on a heated grill. Watch carefully. Once the cheese has melted, your pizza should be ready to eat.
Cooking in foil packs is a fun way to cook meat, vegetables, and even fruit over hot coals. Plus, the cleanup is easy! Start with a square piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. A square sheet that is the width of the roll will work fine. Lay the foil shiny side up on a table, and smear a little butter or margarine on it. Put a hamburger patty on the foil, and then add sliced potatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, or whatever else sounds good. The vegetables should all be cut to about the same thickness to help them all cook evenly. Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, or your favorite herbs. Sprinkle with a little water, maybe two or three teaspoons full. Fold the foil edges up over the food. Fold them down once, crease gently, then fold down again and crease. Now, do the same thing with the open ends of the foil pack. The idea is to seal the moisture in the package. Try not to rip the seams, but if you do, finish wrapping, then repeat with another layer of foil. Cook the foil pack for 20 to 30 minutes over white-hot coals, turning once. Ask an adult to take the foil pack off the coals. Be careful when you open the foil pack because a lot of steam will come out.
FOIL COOKING TIMES
You can cook many foods in foil packs. Here are approximate cooking times for some of them. The depth of the charcoal bed, the temperature of the food, and the size of the food will affect cooking times.
Hamburger: 15-20 minutes
Chicken pieces: 20-30 minutes
Hot dogs: 5-10 minutes
Pork chops: 30-40 minutes
Carrots: 15-20 minutes
Ears of corn: 6-10 minutes
Whole potatoes: 45-60 minutes
Potato slices: 10-15 minutes
Whole apples: 20-30 minutes