Camp Cooking with Tweens
Letting tweens and teens help with the cooking is a great way of giving them some responsibility in the running of the campsite, and helps them feel like a part of the action. Whether these recipes, or your own family favorites, invite your young camper to be part of the cooking crew. Camp cooking with tweens, combined with tween camping activities, can lead to family camping trips with no pre‐teen grumpies! Here are our favorite kid‐friendly recipes they can make (mostly) themselves.
- Monkey Bread. There is plenty for tweens (and younger siblings) to do making monkey bread. We use this basic monkey bread recipe, mixing the white sugar and cinnamon together in a zipper bag at home beforehand.
We have used individual disposable mini‐bread pans covered in foil (pictured above) so each of the kids had their own portions and could add raisins or nuts as they wished. But after trying several pans, we now use a Dutch Oven (affiliate link) for monkey bread and cobblers. We find they cook a little more evenly without burning.
- Campfire Cones. These treat‐stuffed sugar cones are great for tweens to assemble before the trip and have ready for the first night’s campfire.
We had butterscotch chips, semi‐sweet chocolate chips, toffee pieces, caramel bits, nuts, and mini‐marshmallows available. I accidentally bought waffle cones instead of sugar cones, which made for a lot of filling space and a super‐sweet finished product. (I’d recommend using the smaller sugar cones.) Note: I tried an apple/caramel/nut cone as a lower calorie option, but the liquid from the apples made the cone a soggy mess. I’ll stick with the sweet kind next time.
Tweens can fill the cones with everything, or take orders for personalized treats, wrap the cones in aluminum foil, and label the foil with Sharpie. Parents can add and remove cones from the fire using tongs.
- Trail Mix. When it comes to camping and hiking, nothing beats good old fashioned trail mix. It’s easy for younger tweens to make by themselves by simply mixing ingredients together in a large zipper bag.
We added mixed nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, and candy‐coated chocolate pieces. Before we left on the hike, we also added plain Cheerios to the mix. They can absorb moisture from the rest of the mix if in there too long, so they make a better last‐minute addition.
- Anything cooked on a stick. Really. Anything. From hot dogs to chicken strips (pre‐grilled to heat up over fire), apples to marshmallows, everything is exciting on a pointy stick over a campfire.
Letting tweens help with the cooking is a great way of giving them some responsibility in the running of the campsite, and helps them feel like a part of the action. Whether these recipes, or your own family favorites, invite your tween camper to be part of the cooking crew. Camp cooking, combined with tween camping activities, can lead to family camping trips with no pre‐teen grumpies!
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