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Solar Cooking Badge for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

Complete six of the following requirements, including those that are starred.

 *1. Identify four countries that have a severe shortage of cooking fuel.  Discover what Girl Guides or Girl Scouts there are doing to help solve the problem.

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Find out the rate of deforestation or forest growth in your country. If deforestation is a problem, learn what is being done to solve that problem.

*2. Alone or with others, build a solar cooker or water pasteurizer and learn how to use it. 

3. Explain the advantages of cooking with the sun instead of with wood, charcoal, paraffin or LPG.  With others, put on a drama to help your Girl Guide or Girl Scout group or a community group understand the differences between solar and traditional cooking.

4. Take part in a community education campaign to make people aware of the problems of deforestation, water-borne illnesses and respiratory disease.  Explain three ways solar cooking can help to overcome those problems.

*5.  Become proficient at solar cooking your country’s staple grain dish, vegetables and at least one baked food like bread or cake. 

6. Solar cook at least four meals for your family. Make notes on weather conditions, time of year, time of day, the length of time you cooked each dish and your family’s comments about the food. 

7. Teach a family member or friend how to cook with the sun.

8. Demonstrate the Integrated Cooking Method.  Use a solar cooker, an improved cookstove, and a hay basket or other retained-heat cooker to make a meal for your family. Describe your experience to your Girl Guide or Girl Scout group or a community group.

Always demonstrate safety precautions necessary when solar cooking: use potholders or folded towels to handle hot cooking pots; assemble the solar cooker in the shade to avoid staring at the reflective surface; and wear sunglasses when needed.

A valuable resource for this patch is the 3rd edition of the Solar Cooking Manual for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, free to Guide Associations where there are critical fuel shortages and available at modest cost to others. A cloth patch is also available. For more information, contact Sue Schoneman, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, girlscoutshop@girlscoutshcc.org Excellent resource information can be found at www.solarcookers.org

This is not an official badge program of Girl Scouts of the USA or the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. 


Solar Cooking Patch for Brownie Guides and Brownie Girl Scouts

Complete five of the following requirements, including those that are starred.

*1. Learn what happens when trees are cut down to make cooking fires. Explain to your Brownie Pack or your family what you have learned.

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If deforestation or soil erosion is a problem in your country, learn what is being done to solve that problem. Explain this to your pack or your family.

*2. Alone or with others, build a Quickie or Cookit solar cooker. Demonstrate why it works, how to use it and how to take care of it.

3. Explain the advantages of cooking with the sun instead of with wood, charcoal, paraffin or LPG. With others, put on a drama to help your Brownie Pack, school class or a community group understand the differences between solar and traditional cooking.

4. With your Brownie group make an exhibit to show how the sun can cook food. Take your exhibit to a place where lots of people are and help explain solar cooking to the people who come to see it. You might do this at a community fair, church, school or market.

*5. Learn to solar cook a food that most people in your community eat regularly.  Cook it for your family and report to your Brownie pack how they liked it. Keep notes on how long it took to cook and what the weather was like on that day.

Always demonstrate safety precautions necessary when solar cooking: use potholders or folded towels to handle hot cooking pots; assemble the solar cooker in the shade to avoid staring at the reflective surface; and wear sunglasses when needed.

A valuable resource for this badge is the 3rd edition of the Solar Cooking Manual for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, free to Guide Associations where there are critical fuel shortages and available at modest cost to others. A cloth patch is also available. For more information, contact Sue Schoneman, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, girlscoutshop@girlscoutshcc.org.  Excellent resource information can be found at www.solarcookers.org

This is not an official badge program of Girl Scouts of the USA or the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.