Junior Eco Camper Badge Activity
Plan Meals with a Pizza Box Solar Cooker
Make a solar box cooker and cook something simple. To use this, make sure you have enough sunlight. Do not try this when the sky is cloudy or when the sun is low in the sky. Follow the directions below for making a Pizza Box Solar Cooker.
Time Needed: 1 hour
- Pizza box
- Utility knife
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic wrap
- Tape or Glue
- Black construction paper
- Black marker
- Food to cook
Make a solar box cooker and cook something simple. To use this, make sure you have enough sunlight. Do not try this when the sky is cloudy or when the sun is low in the sky. Follow the directions for making a Pizza Box Solar Cooker or on page 5 of the Junior Badge booklet. . Don’t try to cook meat, fish, or poultry—those are dangerous to eat when undercooked, so leave that to more experienced solar chefs. You could make a grilled cheese sandwich. Or try nachos—put tortilla chips covered with shredded cheese in a pie tin. See how long it takes for the cheese to melt and chips to become crisp and gooey! Try making a s’more with a graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate. Or roast apple slices topped with cinnamon sugar.
This badge also gives girls a great opportunity to learn more about the principles of Leave No Trace. For More FUN: create a skit about a Leave No Trace principle and share live through a video conference with your troop mates!
Note: Girls, volunteers and families are encouraged to take the time and space they need to adjust to this period of rapid change and uncertainty. When they’re ready, we’re here to support Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts to safely take action in their communities—whether it’s helping ensure kids are still getting the nourishment and enrichment they need out of school, responding to the possible ramifications of isolation during social distancing, adapting an existing project to positively impact local communities today, or something else entirely!
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.