Sodexo has teamed up with the Scout Association to create a new Sodexo chef activity badge.
The caterer, supported by its charity the Sodexo Foundation, will provide resource packs to help cubs and scouts work towards the new achievement badge.
The packs include leaders' notes, activity pack, food safety cards, a food facts top-trumps-style game, a meal map workbook, recipe pack and a certificate.
Sodexo has also made available its "Life's Better Balanced" board game to both cubs and scouts. Devised by the company's NVQ qualified nutrition champions early last year, and distributed to around a thousand primary schools across the UK where it provides catering services, the board game aims to help children aged between five and eleven understand the building blocks of a healthy diet.
Thomas Jelley, Sodexo's corporate citizenship manager, said: "The Sodexo Foundation was established in 2005 and since then has raised over £1.5m to support charitable causes linked to hunger, health and nutrition, and life skills such as cooking.
"We feel that these objectives fit perfectly with the Scout Association and we are delighted to be able to help cubs and scouts develop their knowledge and proficiency in areas such as health and nutrition, food safety, planning and cooking skills."
Nikki Mason, head of corporate partnerships at the Scout Association, added: "Learning through doing is a key component of the scouting experience.
"Supervised, fun cooking activities delivered indoors and outside, give young scouts a great opportunity to learn about healthy eating, prepare food and take responsibility for creating their own meals."
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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