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Menu Planning with Webelos

My Webelos den is going to district camporee at the end of the month. So at last night’s Outdoorsman focused meeting, we did some menu planning.

If this were a Boy Scout troop, the youth members would sit down with the grubmaster and do their menu planning without any adult interference. But since these are Webelos and this is only their third campout, I did it with them. I only have four in my den and one was at opening night of a high school play he is in and the other was sick. So with just two – ZM and one of his friends – it went pretty quickly.

Camp is about 90 minutes away, so we decided they would eat before leaving and then we would have a good snack after we setup our campsite. So they picked Walking Tacos and fruit. We will also toast some Peeps. Breakfast will be sausage and pancakes. For lunch, we will head over to the Boy Scout side of the camporee and the troop will provide lunch for us. Dinner will be Pizza Quesadillas, salad, raw broccoli  and carrots with ranch dressing, and more fruit. ZD’s friend is going to bring some brownies.  Breakfast on Sunday morning has to be quick, so we are just doing donuts and more fruit.

It was fun to see them discussing all of their options. The two of them both tend to have strong opinions and there was a lot of give and take before they came up with a menu they were both happy with.

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5 Responses to Menu Planning with Webelos

  1. Karen April 16, 2011 at 3:27 PM #

    I LOVE this blog!! Our pack has always had “bring your own food” campouts, but at our next campout we are going to try a den specific meal on Saturday night. This is new to me!!! I have 8 Bears – is it possible to get them to agree on one menu? I had planned for the adults to decide and the boys to make it (probably the hot dog in the bun in the Bear book but the Pizza Quesidillas sound good, too). What are your thoughts?

    • Scouter Mom April 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM #

      See my Camp Cooking page for some of our favorite camp recipes. I’d recommend you try to get the Bears involved in the menu planning. Give them a list of choices the adults can live with. I had 8 Cubs in DS’s den and they always managed to work it out. In fact, they were very considerate of each other’s feelings. They’ll be much more excited about cooking it if it is something they really want to eat.

  2. Leslie April 16, 2011 at 6:47 PM #

    great ideas! Love the Peeps!!

  3. Karen May 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM #

    Wanted to let you know everything went great. The boys were able to figure out their menu with minimal help – they decided on the Cheese and Chicken Quesadillas. One of the parents commented that he had been leery of letting the kids take charge but was surprised at how well everything went. Thanks for the tips! And they loved the roasted Peeps!

    • Scouter Mom May 1, 2011 at 1:40 PM #

      Yes, they can do it if you keep it simple. For many kids, it is the first time they have truly cooked a real meal themselves.

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