The troop went on a cooking outing at Camp Pellissippi the weekend of March 6-8. The purpose of this outing was to get as many cooking requirements as possible completed for the cooking merit badge and for rank advancement (Tenderfoot requirements 1,2,3; Second Class requirements 3c-3f, 6; First Class requirements 4a-4d, 6). Thanks to Mr. Haines, the scouts were also able to do the Game Design merit badge while they were not cooking. In addition, several of our new scouts earned their Totin' Chip (needed to carry or use wood cutting tools, including pocket knives) thanks to Dr. Hughes. We met at Kern UMC at 6:00PM on Friday and we got back at the church around 10:300 on Sunday morning. We stayed in the Authur Woods Lodge which had electricty and a wood burning stove.
Game Design merit badge. After completeing the "class" part of the merit badge, the scouts played "caputre the flag". After each round, they changed one rule and played again to see if the change made the game more or less fun. Then they played the games that they had created.