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Edible Campfires Recipe

Imagine a group of excited young Scouts ready to learn a crucial outdoor skill – making a fire. It’s surprising, though, that some kids struggle to understand how to start a fire using small sticks and tinder. This skill, so basic yet vital, can be a mystery.

But here’s something unique and fun to help bridge that gap: “Edible Campfires.” This creative approach can make learning fire-building much more enjoyable and memorable for Scouts.

Think about it – learning is better when it’s fun. That’s why this activity is a hidden treasure for Scout leaders. It’s not just about learning by rote; it’s about turning an important skill into something they can feel, touch, and even taste. Who wouldn’t want to build a campfire they can actually eat?

In this article, we’ll explore how this snack-centered activity can fit into different Scouting situations. Whether you’re guiding eager Webelos about to go camping or helping new Scouts who just joined the troop, this activity can spark their interest in fire building. So, let’s learn about Edible Campfires – a tasty journey that’s both educational and yummy. Get ready to light up their curiosity in a way that’s interactive, engaging, and absolutely delicious.

Edible Campfires Recipe


  • Pretzel rods
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Shredded wheat, shredded (the full size type works better than the spoon size)
  • Candy corn
  • Red hots
  • Yellow, orange, and red fruit rollups, cut into small strips
  • Paper plates


  1. Using the pretzel rods as logs, pretzel sticks and chow mein noodles as sticks, and shredded wheat as tinder, arrange the ingredients like you are building a fire on the paper plate.
  2. “Light” the fire by adding candy corn, red hots, and bits of fruit rollups
  3. Enjoy!

Using activities like Edible Campfires in Scouting helps us teach important skills in a fun way. As leaders, we know that learning outdoor stuff can be both smart and enjoyable. When we use creative ways to teach, we make sure Scouts really understand and remember what they learn. So, the next time you’re with your Scouts around a campfire, whether it’s real or edible, remember that every lesson can be like an exciting journey – one that’s super tasty and helps them learn. Enjoy learning and camping together!

More Recipes for Cubs in the Kitchen

Before we finish our tasty journey through Edible Campfires, let’s remember one important thing: learning is fun when we’re creative. But guess what? Our adventure isn’t over! If you’re eager for more yummy recipes and cool activities for Cub Scouts, we’ve got you covered. Just click here to find a bunch of awesome ideas that are perfect for you and your Scouts. These activities are all about having a great time while learning cool stuff. So, let’s keep this awesome Scouting journey going – there’s a lot more fun ahead!

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Nurturing Independence, Creativity, and Life Skills

Adding recipes and activities like Edible Campfires to Scouting programs is super helpful. These fun experiences teach Scouts useful stuff and make learning fun and easy to remember. By mixing creativity with learning, these activities make Scouts curious and excited. They also help Scouts work together, solve problems, and be independent while feeling like a team. These activities give Scouts confidence, teach them life skills, and help them make awesome memories. While having fun, Scouts also learn how to cooperate and feel happy about learning new things. These are lessons that are important everywhere, not just around the campfire or while cooking.


5 responses to “Edible Campfires Recipe”

  1. Tim Avatar

    Brilliant! I can only imagine that 60 years from now, some old duffer is telling his great-grandchildren, “this is how I learned to build a campfire.”

  2. David Avatar

    Hope you don’t mind, but I reposted this on my blog. We are a small pack so we meet as a large den, so that makes finding crafts that work for everyone difficult. We used this as a general craft that everyone could do. It was a little messy, but it worked out great.

    1. Scouter Mom Avatar
      Scouter Mom

      No problem! Just include a link back to my site please.

  3. Linda Avatar

    Here are two similar ones that we got from

    Edible Fire #1
    Use frosting to assemble the following items into an edible
    Large cookie = base
    Peanut M&Ms = rock ring
    Potato sticks = kindling
    Pretzel sticks = logs
    Candy corn = fire
    Tootsie rolls = fuel wood
    Granola = dirt
    Small cups = water buckets

    Edible Fire #2
    Napkin = base
    Small Marshmallows = fire ring
    Flaked Coconut = kindling
    Red Hots or Raisins = coals
    Candy Corn = flames
    Pretzel Sticks = logs
    Small cup of blue Kool-Aid =water to put out the fire

  4. KimGilbert Avatar

    We have done this a lot with the boys at different levels, now starting the girls in AHG. First we check the area(no over hanging branches, etc.) Then Clean the area of debris (plate clean? My husband prefers building on a graham cracker you wipe down and add frosting or Nutella to).Be prepared to put it out before you start with water and dirt(dirt is hot cocoa mix) in Dixie cups to the side, then often my husband will put down a layer of chocolate frosting as the dirt. This is especially helpful for the younger ones as things stick better. Then mini marshmallows or m&m’s for the rock circle, pretzel sticks for logs, potato sticks for tinder and coconut for kindling. Easy to see size differences this way. Then cut fruit roll-ups for fire. Then explain that scouts never leave a fire unattended.So we better put it out. Grab the hot cocoa mix and douse the fire. Enjoy eating. Kids often ask if they can build another “Teepee style? or I can try a shelf Mr. G?!”

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