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Candy Corn Mix Recipe

Here is a fun recipe for all of that Halloween candy corn.

You could count this for Bear requirement 9b: With an adult, make snacks for the next den meeting. It isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, but it probably a little better than the bags of chips or ding-dongs the parents used to send for our den when we had our meetings right after school. At least the peanuts have a little nutritional value. :-)

Trick or treat!

Candy Corn Mix

Equipment:

  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl

Equipment:

  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup M &Ms

Directions

  1. Mix all three ingredients together
  2. Enjoy!
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Apple Crisp Recipe for Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts love to cook. They might need some help peeling and cutting the apples for this recipe, but they should be able to handle the rest of it with supervision. And they will love getting their fingers messy making the crumb topping.

Apple Crisp

Equipment:

  • Apple peeler
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Bowl
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Square baking pan (8×8 or 9×9)
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 6 apples
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ cup butter or margarine (1 stick)

Directions

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350.
  3. Spray the pan with the nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Peel the apples and slice them.
  5. Put the apples in the pan.
  6. Add the water to the pan.
  7. Sprinkle the apples with the cinnamon and apple juice.
  8. Put the flour and brown sugar in the bowl.
  9. Slice the butter and add it to the bowl.
  10. Use your fingers to crumble the butter into the flour and sugar. Work quickly so the butter doesn’t melt. It should be crumbly.
  11. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the apples.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes.
  13. Serve warm.
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Apple Smiles Recipe

This is a nice recipe to make in the fall when fresh apples from local orchards are readily available.  I’ve made these several times with Cub Scouts and they always enjoy them.

Hopefully I made the instructions clear enough. When assembled, this should look like two lips (the red sides of the apples) with two teeth (the marshmallows).

Apple Smiles

Equipment:

  • Cutting board
  • Knife for cutting apples
  • Knife for spreading peanut butter

Ingredients

  • 2  red apples
  • peanut butter (or substitute caramel spread)
  • 16 miniature marshmallows

Directions

  1. Cut apples into 8 wedges each
  2. Spread two wedges with peanut butter on the cut sides
  3. Put the peanut buttered sides together with two marshmallows stuck in the middle.
  4. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Makes 8 Apple Smiles

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Soil Sample Cupcakes Recipe

Here is a classic recipe if you are working on Bear elective 15 – Water and Soil Conservation. Scouts always enjoy playing with their food! This would actually make a nice snack for any den meeting based on one of the ecology lessons – Your Living World for Wolves or Webelos Naturalist, for example.

If you have Boy Scouts working on the Soil and Water Conservation merit badge and they want to have some fun, they could make these themselves. Their patrols would thank them if they brought these to a troop meeting.

Soil Sample Cupcakes

Equipment:

  • White cake mix, prepared according to package directions
  • four bowls
  • food coloring
  • cupcake liners
  • cupcake pans
  • chocolate frosting
  • green sprinkles
  • straws (clear – thicker ones work better)

Direction

  1. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions.
  2. Divide the cake mix evenly between the four bowls.
  3. Leave one of the bowls white. Mix a different color into the other bowls, so you have three additional colors.
  4. Put the liners in the cupcake pans.
  5. Carefully spoon the batter into the liners, so that you have different layers of color.
  6. Bake according to package directions.
  7. Let cool.
  8. Frost with icing (for topsoil) and sprinkle with green sprinkles (for grass!)
  9. Give each Scout a cupcake and a straw. Have him insert the straw in the cupcake to take a “soil sample”. He should be able to see the layers in the straw. The might even be able to blow through the straw to get the sample out..
  10. Explain that this is how core samples by scientists doing environmental research.
  11. Let them eat their cupcakes!

 

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Banana Wheels Recipe

This recipe is suitable for Cub Scouts. They can make themselves a snack at home or it would work as a snack at a den meeting. Since it doesn’t require a stove or oven, you can make this almost anywhere.

This type of recipe can be used for Cub Scouts working on Tiger Elective 25 - Snack Time, Wolf Achievement 8 – Cooking and Eating, or Bear Achievement 9 – What’s Cooking?

Banana Wheels

Equipment:

  • Ziploc bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients

  • favorite breakfast cereal
  • banana
  • peanut butter

Directions

  1. Put about half a cup of cereal into the Ziploc bag and crush it with the rolling pin.
  2. Cut the banana into ¾ inch slices.
  3. Spread some peanut butter on both ends of the banana.
  4. Put the banana slices in the bag a few at a time and shake to coat with cereal.

Notes

If you have a peanut allergy in the group, substitute strawberry flavored spreadable cream cheese for the peanut butter.

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Ticks on a Toilet Seat Recipe

What’s the best way to get a picky eater to have a healthy snack? Make it funny! I can assure you that most Cub Scouts will enjoy eating this snack just for the gross factor of saying they are eating ticks off of a toilet seat.

If you really want to make it look like a toilet seat, cut a small section out of the apple ring before they spread it with the peanut butter or cream cheese.

Ticks on a Toilet Seat

Equipment:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Apple corer

Ingredients

  • apple
  • peanut butter or cream cheese spread
  • raisins

Directions

  1. Core the apple.
  2. Cut  it into slices so you have several “rings”.
  3. Spread a ring with peanut butter or cream cheese
  4. Place raisins on top of the peanut butter or cheese.

Serves 4.

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Firecracker Burgers Recipe

Boy Scouts and Venturers can make this one at camp or your Cub Scouts can help you make this for the Fourth of July to help fulfill their cooking requirements.

This recipe really isn’t that spicy. You can substitute Monterey jack cheese for the pepper jack cheese if you prefer. And the salsa, tomato, and lettuce are optional. Some kids like toppings on their burgers while others prefer them plain.

Firecracker Burgers

Equipment:

  • Charcoal fire
  • Grill
  • Spatula to turn the burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 4oz can chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese (or Monterey jack cheese for a less spicy option)
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • tomatoes (optional)
  • lettuce (optional)
  • salsa (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare your charcoal fire.
  2. Combine the ground beef, chilies, and bouillon.  Shape into four hamburger patties.
  3. Grill the burgers until cooked
  4. Place the burgers on the buns. Top with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and salsa.

Serves 4.

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French Toast Recipe for Cub Scouts

A lot of the Cub Scout requirements involve learning how to cook. Simple recipes are best. And remember there should always be somebody supervising Cub Scouts when they cook.

This is a very easy French toast recipe. French or Italian bread works well in this recipe, but plain white bread will do. Serve the French toast with syrup, butter, jam, or marmalade.

French Toast for Cub Scouts

Equipment

  • stove
  • griddle
  • spatula for turning
  • small bowl for mixing
  • fork for mixing
  • shallow bowl or dish

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 8 slices of bread
  • butter or margarine

Directions

  1. Heat a griddle on the stove.
  2. Beat the eggs and milk together and pour into a shallow bowl.
  3. Put a piece of bread in the egg mixture to coat one side for about 2 seconds. Turn it over and soak the other side for about 2 seconds.
  4. Melt two tablespoons of butter on the griddle.
  5. Put two slices of bread on the griddle, flipping when it turns brown.
  6. Repeat with the other slices of bread, adding more butter if needed.
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Campsite Honey Apples Recipe

Here’s an easy snack recipe for camp. This is a little messy to eat, so you might want to have some cleanup supplies on hand. Or you could eat them with a fork, but I think most kids are just going to eat the apples with their hands and not worry about the mess.

This would also make a good snack for a Cub Scout den meeting.

Campsite Honey Apples

Equipment:
Knife
Cutting board
2 Ziploc bags

Ingredients
1 apple
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar (or brown sugar)

Instructions

  1. Slice and core the apple
  2. Put the honey in one Ziploc bag
  3. Put the cinnamon sugar in the other Ziploc bag
  4. Put the apple slices in the honey bag and squish around so the apples are covered in honey
  5. Put the apple slices in the cinnamon sugar bag and shake.
  6. Remove apples from the bag and eat
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Wolf Den Meeting Plan for Achievement 8: Cooking and Eating

A picnic is a nice way to end your Wolf year. If your Wolves have not completed Achievement 8: Cooking and Eating yet, you can incorporate some of the requirements.

Make sure you have enough adult help lined up for this meeting. With the grilling and the fire and the food, you will need more hands than usual. If this is your last Wolf meeting of the year, then try to get all of the parents to come. You can do an orientation for their Bear year and have parents sign up to help with various Bear achievements for the coming year.

Before the meeting

  • Purchase hot dogs or hamburgers, plates, and napkins for the picnic
  • Contact each scout’s family and ask them to send one food or drink item for the picnic. Be specific and assign items from different food groups so that you have a well balanced meal. Include things like buns for the hotdogs or hamburgers, fruits, raw vegetables, a healthy dessert, and a drink.

The meeting

Use a meeting space like a park or home where a grill is available

Gathering Activity: Have scouts prepare the picnic area and have an adult light the fire for the grill

Opening: Pledge of Allegience

Activities:

Recognition

Announcements: Hand out Home Assignments for Wolf Achievement 8

Closing: Have the Cub Scouts thank the adults who helped with the picnic. Then say the Cub Scout motto – “Do Your Best!”

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Edible Spiders Recipe

Cub Scouts enjoy making their own snacks. If the snack happens to look like something else, it is almost like having a recipe and a craft all in one.

This recipe does not require any cooking, so it can be made at a meeting even if you don’t have access to a kitchen.

This recipe calls for peanut butter or cream cheese. Any type of spreadable cheese would work also. If you have any worries about peanut allergies, then don’t even make the peanut butter an option.

Edible Spiders

Equipment and Utensils

  • One plate for each person
  • One knife for each person

Ingredients

  • Round crackers (2 for each person)
  • Low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter
  • Raisins (2 for each person)
  • Mini pretzel sticks (8 for each person)

Directions

  1. Spread the cream cheese or peanut butter on one of the crackers.
  2. Put eight pretzel sticks on the cracker arranged like the legs of a spider.
  3. Spread a little cream cheese or peanut butter on the second cracker.
  4. Put the cracker on top of the pretzels on the other cracker so the pretzels and all of the cream cheese/peanut butter are in the middle of the two crackers.
  5. Use the cream cheese or peanut butter like glue to attach the two raisins to the top cracker so they look like spider eyes.
  6. Eat!
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