In internet-savvy teen parlance, “woke” means environmentally / socially / politically / ethically aware and responsible.
The Pfadfinder Monday scouts (12-14 year olds) enjoyed another patrol cooking night. This “woke” edition of the cooking challenge was developed by one of our scouts, and was a whole lot of fun. (Other scout groups wanting to run this activity should contact us for the rules – they are available in English and German!)
We met at the local shops and each patrol was given a budget of $30, with which they had to feed their entire patrol and the two judges (two lucky (or brave) leaders) …. with a THREE course meal!
Extra points were awarded for effort in their presentation
Patrols’ dishes were judged on taste, how complex the dish was, how healthy the dish was, and how sustainable the ingredients were.
In the sustainability category judges were looking for ingredients with minimal packaging, recyclable packaging, best animal welfare, lowest food miles, least amount of water / resources to produce, and so on.
Patrol members eagerly await feedback and scoring from the judges
In addition, patrols were scored on how engaged everyone was, how their team worked together, and how well they cleaned up afterwards.
We all enjoyed the evening – the dishes were delicious (and no leaders became ill in the judging process! On the contrary, leaders reported being well fed up! (Oh, wait!))
The scouts discovered the hard way (once again) how much time it takes to clean up – but that’s the fun of the learning.