When camping with Boy Scouts, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeding them kid food in an effort to please everyone. But that does nothing to teach the boys about outdoor life and does nothing to widen their life experience in general.
Instead, you should endeavor to create menus that are fun and simple, but that the boys will eat. This is possible, though it might seem like we are setting you up for the impossible mission. We’re not.
For the main dish, consider hamburger. Most boys like a good burger now and then, but this is a little more interesting than your typical burger. It’s also easier to prepare and requires less cleanup.
To make your hamburger packets, form your fresh hamburger into patties and lay on top of a piece of foil about three times the size of the hamburger. Spread some barbecue sauce on the top and then layer with a slice of onion and green pepper (if the boys will tolerate that). Some people like to also layer a couple of slices of potato. You can do that, or serve chips or home fries with the burgers. Wrap up in the foil and place over your fire.
Kids love anything that’s served on a stick, so consider making some vegetable kabobs to go with the burgers. Just use chunks of onions, peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini. Or have a selection of vegetables and let the boys make their own custom veggie kabob. They’re more likely to eat it if they fix it themselves.
For dessert consider cobbler. This is a traditional camp dish and it’s simple and quick to prepare. Have a cast iron Dutch oven available. It’s best to put the Dutch oven over the fire ahead of time so it’s hot when you add your ingredients. Then simply add some cans of pie filling.
After your pie filling is hot and bubbly, spoon on a cobbler batter. You can make this fresh by mixing the dry ingredients before you leave for your trip and then add the milk and butter at the campsite. The boys can help with that part. Spoon the batter over the top of the fruit. The cobbler is done when the batter is cooked and slightly golden on top. Add sugar while it’s baking for the cobbler crust to be a bit crunchy.
For breakfast, make the unofficial Boy Scout breakfast – omelet in a bag. Add some egg substitute to a small baggie and then create an assembly line. The boys can add what they want to their eggs, such as small bits of vegetables, ham, or cooked bacon. Once they have mixed up their eggs and additions, they can add them to a pot of boiling water. When done, they simply open the bag and eat the omelet. Toast made on the camp stove is the perfect accompaniment.
Feeding and entertaining boys on a Boy Scout camping trip is easy if you do a little planning beforehand and get the boys to help.