Want to start a youth on the path to Cooking MB success?
Invite him to a meal at your home.
I don't mean, eat dinner. I mean spend a couple hours making dinner from ingredients.
One good one I use is kebabs. Shrimp, red, green, and orange bell peppers, onions, spices. I'm not talking L' Ecole Culinaire knife work technique, I'm talking big old one inch squares of veggie. We talk cleanliness and sanitation as I get the cutting station set up and done, along with aspects of nutrition.... proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, and what my mom called "roughage" or we call "fiber".
He helps a bit as I set up the grill, lay the fire, and get it going. We talk about fire safety on the deck as I build the fire.
For dessert, I let him help me cut up strawberries, then I teach him how easy it is to make real whipped cream with my "wand of power" (immersible mixer rod).
Then, we eat as a family and clean up.
I've done camp foil dinners too.
Want the Scout motivated? Drop the homework sheets, get him doing stuff and discussing it with you.