Why Do Menu Planning with Webelos?
My Webelos dens always enjoyed camping at district camporees. At a den meeting before our campout, we did menu planning.
If this were a Scouts BSA Troop, the youth members would sit down with the grubmaster and do their menu planning without any adult interference.
But since these were Webelos and they did not have much camping experience, I did it with them. For one of my groups, I only had four in my den. One time I remember is when I did it with just two – ZM and one of his friends – it went pretty quickly.
What’s on the Menu?
I have lots of recipes I’ve used in the past on my Camp Recipes page. So I started by talking about some of those which I thought the two of them could make mostly on their own. And that they would enjoy. Then they picked the ones they thought sounded the best.
The camp we were going to was 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 also toasted some Peeps.
Breakfast was sausage and pancakes.
For lunch, we usually headed over to the Scouts BSA side of the camporee and the troop provided lunch for us.
Dinner at this particular campout was Pizza Quesadillas, salad, raw broccoli and carrots with ranch dressing, and more fruit. ZD’s friend brought some brownies.
Breakfast on Sunday morning has to be quick, so we just had donuts and more fruit.
Webelos Like Having Choices
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.
So my advice for menu planning with Webelos is to give them some reasonable options and let them make the decisions.
My camp recipes page will give you some more ideas for menu planning with Webelos. Browse the ideas there and pick some which you are comfortable with to present as options for your den.
Scout Life Magazine has some creative ideas for cooking familiar foods at camp. Check out their suggestions for pizza, Chinese takeout, ice cream, nachos, and fresh baked bread.
If you ask a question on this Scout volunteer Facebook group about what recipes they like, you will probably get lots of great ideas.