Every month, Cub Scouts focus on a core value. The core value for the month of May is Health and Fitness. Along with the regular pack meeting plan for this core value, BSA also plans to release a Cub Cafe theme. It will probably focus on cooking, like the old Cub Cafe theme did.
Here is what the old program helps said about this theme:
This month Cub Scouts can experience the varied tasks associated with running a café. From planning a budget and menu, to food selection and preparation, to eating and enjoying, Cub Scouts can do it all. Visit a supermarket and learn about where food comes from as well as the benefits of comparison shopping. Learn about table etiquette for both waiters and consumers. Make your pack meeting a Food Fair where each den runs its own Cub Café and everyone enjoys a taste.
So how can you fit ideas related to Cub Cafe along with Health and Fitness into your Cub Scout program in May? Here are some Cub Scout achievements, electives, and recognitions which you can incorporate into your May program:
- 3D. Make a Food Guide Pyramid.
- With your family or with your den, have a picnic — indoors or outdoors.
- Find out what kind of milk your family drinks and why.
- Help the adult who is preparing the family meal to set the table and clean up afterwards.
- Make a snack and share it with your family or den.
- Study the Food Guide Pyramid. Name some foods from each of the food groups shown in the pyramid.
- Plan the meals you and your family should have for one day. List things your family should have from the food groups shown in the Food Group Pyramid. At each meal, you should have foods from at least three food groups.
- Help fix at least one meal for your family. Help set the table, cook the food, and wash the dishes.
- Fix your own breakfast. Wash and put away the dishes.
- With an adult, help to plan, prepare, and cook an outdoor meal.
- With an adult, bake cookies.
- With an adult, make snacks for the next den meeting.
- With an adult, prepare one part of your breakfast, one part of your lunch, and one part of your supper.
- Make a list of the “junk foods” you eat. Discuss “junk food” with a parent or teacher.
- Make some trail food for a hike.
- With an adult, make a dessert for your family.
- With an adult, cook something outdoors.
- With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Health and Fitness Character Connection.
- Know: Tell why it is important to be healthy, clean, and fit.
- Commit: Tell when it is difficult for you to stick with good health habits. Tell where you can go to be with others who encourage you to be healthy, clean, and fit.
- Practice: Practice good health habits while doing the requirements for this activity badge.
- Read the meal planning information in this chapter. With a parent or other family member, plan a week of meals. Explain what kinds of meals are best for you and why.
- Keep a record of your daily meals and snacks for a week. Decide whether you have been eating foods that are good for you.
8. With your accompanying adult on a campout or outdoor activity, assist in preparing, cooking, and cleanup for one of your den’s meals. Tell why it is important for each den member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
BL1. Make a poster of foods that are good for you. Share the poster with your den.
BL2. Explain the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Eat one of each.
BL3. Help prepare and eat a healthy meal of foods that are included in a food pyramid. (With your parent’s or partner’s permission, see http://www.mypyramid.gov)
P1. Make a poster that shows different foods that are high in each of the vitamins. Using your poster, explain to your den or family the difference between a vitamin and a mineral and the importance of each for a healthy diet.
P2. Read the nutrition label from a packaged or canned food item. Learn about the importance of the nutrients listed. Explain what you learned to your den or family.
P3. Make a list of diseases that can be caused by a diet that is poor in nutrition.
P4. Talk with your school cafeteria manager about the role nutrition plays in the meals your school serves.
P5. With an adult, plan a balanced menu of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for your family for a week.
P6. Make a list of healthy snack foods. Demonstrate how to prepare two healthy snacks.
P7 With an adult, go grocery shopping. Report to your den or other family members what you learned about choosing good foods to eat.
P8. Demonstrate how to safely prepare food for three meals.
P9. Demonstrate how to store leftover food to prevent spoilage or contamination.
P10. Help with a garden. Report to your den or family about what is growing in the garden and how you helped. Show a picture of or bring an item harvested from your garden.
P11 Visit a farm or ranch. Talk with the owner about how the farm or ranch produces food for families.
P12. Explain how physical exercise works with nutrition in helping people be fit and healthy.Demonstrate three examples of good physical activity.