The Boy Scout Cooking Merit Badge worksheet is a must-have for all Boy Scout troops. You can put the worksheet into any BSA activity. It will save you a lot of time that you can spend on more exciting activities.
“Million Clafoutis” is one of the best tasting dishes that you can prepare and present at your next big gathering. The real test, however, is whether or not the Clafoutis will be served with the tasty variety of fruits mentioned in the worksheet. I’m sure that everyone will agree that the worst you can do is add lemon juice to the fruit, but do you know what the worksheet states?
The “Winner” of the “Million Clafoutis” worksheet is NOT required to enjoy the delicious fruit, but the worksheet does state that “For every five Clafoutis served, count one.” Well, it is obvious that there is no way you can have five “Five Clafoutis” served at the same time. Unless you are at the famous Clafoutis Restaurant in New York City, it is quite obvious that this worksheet needs to be revised.
I know the fact that the “Winner” of the “Million Clafoutis” worksheet is NOT required to enjoy the fruit is probably the reason why it has been given to all the merit badge worksheets for the past thirty years. I’ve seen too many “Winner” worksheets that have a major error. For example, the “Winner” worksheet will only list the correct ingredients for a simple Clafoutis recipe. So how could you make such a mistake?
If you see the worksheet on merit badge worksheets for a variety of recipes, you can easily see that the same error is present. And, while it might seem like a minor error, the number of cooks who create their own recipes would greatly increase if they were required to follow the correct ingredient lists. In fact, if you were not to follow the worksheet, there would be no way for the cooks to learn their recipes from a book.
The “Winner” worksheet for the “Million Clafoutis” worksheet is a prime example of the problems that may arise when a cook will try to follow the worksheet without fully understanding what it means. Also, the “Winner” worksheet for the “Chicken Pot Pie” will likely require the use of non-toxic, non-stick cooking spray. After all, the prize would be lost if the prize was not served at all.
Now I know that the “Winner” worksheet is not actually mandatory for the merit badge worksheets, but the fact remains that these worksheets are broken up into categories of different cooking skills. If you understand the concept of categories, you can easily see that following the correct worksheet for one category could easily become complicated. This is a situation where your BSA headquarters could benefit from using a well-known home-based game.
There is nothing wrong with making the “Winner” worksheet optional for merit badge worksheets. However, it would be quite helpful if the BSA or your local Boy Scout Council would make the “Winner” worksheet mandatory.