During this year (2013) the Cooking Merit Badge will undergo a major revision (we will follow and update materials here at Camp Cooking).
Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements—with the exception of his board of review—before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.
Here at Camp Cooking, we think that this is very good news. Every self-sufficient young man should have at least basic cooking, meal planning and nutritional analysis skills.
While summer camp is a great place to earn the cooking merit badge, there will still be a need for local merit badge counselors to help teach the merit badge.
Find out how to become a merit badge counselor and read about the current (not updated) cooking merit badge requirements here: http://scouting.org.