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Cooking Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

The Boy Scout Planning Guide suggests a Cooking Troop Program Feature  for November 2013.  This cooking program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with food and cooking theme. With the Cooking merit badge being added to the list of Eagle required badges, this  is a very timely program for Boy Scouts.

The plans for the Cooking troop program feature can be found in  Volume 1 of Troop Program Features from BSA:

This month we will strive to broaden the Scouts’ culinary horizons by showing them how to prepare varied camp meals without spending a lot of time around the cooking fire.

Cooking Program for Boy Scouts

Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including cooking, camping, and hiking.  Older scouts can earn the Cooking merit badges. Other possible badge choices for this science program theme include the  Backpacking, Camping, Pioneering, and Wilderness Survival merit badges.

The featured activity for this month is a patrol feast, with each patrol using the cooking skills they have learned to prepare food which goes beyond the simple sandwiches and hot dogs they sometimes fix at camp.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

We always carve at least one Jack ‘O Lantern in October. The first step is to remove the top and scoop out all of the pulp and seeds from the inside of the pumpkin. We never let the seeds go to waste though. We roast them and eat them instead.

If you want to roast the seeds from your pumpkin, our recipe is below. These never last long in our house.

Roast Pumpkin Seeds Recipe


  • One large pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Remove the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin.
  3. Separate the pulp from the seeds. Do NOT wash the seeds. (The seeds are good with little bits of pulp still on them, but don’t leave big chunks.) Discard the pulp.
  4. Spread the seeds in a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  5. Melt the butter and combine with the Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder.
  6. Pour the butter mixture over the seeds and stir.
  7. Bake the seeds for about 1 hour, until deep brown and crisp. Stir every 15 minutes.
  8. Season with salt to taste.
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Sunflower Seed Trail Mix

Trail mix recipes are abundant. Basically, anything which holds up well in a ziploc bag can be used. I always enjoy seeing different combintations to get new ideas. This recipe is for the sunflower seed enthusiasts.

If you are using the Cub Scout Planting Seeds of Kindness program theme, mix up some of this “seed based” trail mix as a pack or den activity.

Sunflower Seed Trail Mix


  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 cups pretzels


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Package in two or three ziploc bags.
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Powdered Sports Drink Recipe

Sports drinks like Gatorade or Power Aid are designed to replenish the water and salt your body loses when you are active or exercising. You can mix up your own powdered mix to accomplish this for a fraction of the cost of purchasing these drinks by the bottle.

The sugar and flavoring  in this mix break the monotony of drinking plain water and might encourage you to drink more. The salt helps prevent low blood sodium. Don’t increase the proportions of sugar and salt in the recipe though. Too much sugar and salt will slow the absorption of the water and will put an additional load on your system.

Powdered Sports Drink


  • 9 tablespoons table sugar
  • 3/8 teaspoon table salt
  •  1 packet unsweetened Kool Aid


  1. Mix all ingredients thouroughly
  2. Divide the mixture into each of three Ziploc bags.
  3. When ready to use, add contents of one bag to a 20 ounce bottle.
  4. Fill about halfway with water.
  5. Close tightly and shake until well to mix.
  6. Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with water  or with water and two or three ice cubes and shake again. (The ice should melt.)
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Homemade Energy Bars Recipe (Peanut Free)

This month I am featuring a cycling theme. And you know if you go out cycling, you are going to need some energy. There are lots of recipes for energy bars out there, but most include peanuts.

DS’s den had a scout with peanut allergies, so I always had to find peanut free recipes. This is an easy “energy bar” recipe you can use. If you don’t have any nut allergies, you can include peanut butter or nuts as an optional ingredient.

Note: Sunflower seeds can be a problem for a subset of people with nut allergies, so if you are not sure, ask before you use them.

Homemade Energy Bars Recipe (Peanut Free)


  • 1 1/4 cup flour (can use whole wheat for half)
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (if no allergies)
  • 1/4 cup nuts (if no allergies)
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries


  1. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, butter, vanilla,  and egg.
  2. Beat until well blended.
  3. Stir in oats.
  4. Add one or two of the optional ingredients if desired.
  5. Press dough into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan.
  6. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and sunflower seeds.
  7. Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Cut into bars.
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Scouter Mom’s Favorite Trail Mix Recipe

When it comes to trail mixes, everyone has a favorite recipe. The combinations are endless. So today I am sharing my favorite trail mix recipe.

What’s in your day pack?

Scouter Mom’s Favorite Trail Mix


  • ¼ cup cheerios
  • ¼ cup small pretzels
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts
  • ¼ cup granola
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup M&Ms


  1. Mix all together.
  2. Package in ½ cup servings in small bags or containers.

Makes 3 servings.

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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


  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl


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


  1. Mix all three ingredients together
  2. Enjoy!
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