Gather around for delicious meals and sweet treats you can make for your outdoor adventure!
We want to help adults become comfortable as they plan and lead successful troop camping outings. Learn more by visiting our Volunteer Training page.
GSK provides outdoor cooking equipment at no charge to our volunteers. If your next campfire adventure will be at one of our beautiful camp properties, be sure to use the Extra Equipment Form to see what is available for you to use. Visit our Properties page to learn more.
Check out these “no cook” recipes for your next outdoor outing! Food provides all kinds of opportunities for helping Girl Scouts to appreciate the diversity around them. Consider introducing new foods from around the world or around the corner!
1 bunch celery
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup peanut butter
Wash celery and cut into 3-inch pieces. Fill celery with peanut butter. Place several ants (raisins) along top of peanut butter.
1 to 3 cups mixed seeds and nuts
1 tablespoon salad oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Combine equal amounts of a variety of seeds and chopped nuts (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, peanuts, cashews, almonds, soybeans) and place in a shallow pan. Mix salad oil and garlic salt (you can also use seasoned salt) and pour over the seeds. Toast in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees stirring often. Drain on paper towels. When cool, store in a jar.
Dried fruits: figs, apricots, dates, raisins, prunes, nutmeats.
Mix with honey, roll in shredded coconut. Use pre-chopped fruits (find in packages or in bulk food stores.) Moisten with enough honey to make the fruits stick together. Form into balls. Roll in coconut.
30-ounce jar applesauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
nonstick cooking spray
Mix the applesauce, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl with a spoon. Spray the cookie sheet with the nonstick cooking spray. Spread the mixture evenly over the whole cookie sheet. With the oven door open about 1 inch, bake at 150 degrees for 6 to 8 hours until done. When the fruit leather is done, it will be see through, bendable, and will not be sticky when you touch it. Cut the leather into 4 x 4 inch strips. You should get about 8 strips. Lay each strip on plastic wrap and roll it all up, plastic wrap and all. Store them in a plastic bag or covered container.
GORP (good ole raisins and peanuts) is a nutritious, high energy snack food which is easily carried on the trail. Raisins and peanuts are the mainstay, and chocolate, which provides quick energy, is generally included. Recipes vary among campers, but the directions listed below are traditional.
2 cups salted peanuts
2 cups raisins
2 cups chopped dried apricots
2 cups candy-coated chocolates
4 cup bite-sized shredded wheat or rice cereal
Combine ingredients. Variations: To basic gorp, add one or more: almonds, cashews, carob nuts, walnuts, pinon nuts, granola, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, shelled sunflower seeds, salted soy nuts, chopped dates, dried coconut, dried prunes, banana flakes, dried apple slices. Mix everything together and then store it in individual plastic bags or one larger bag. Take along something to drink when you eat this trail mix, because the salty taste will make you very thirsty.
1 red apple (do not peel)
Cut the apple into 8 pieces. Discard the seeds. Spread one side of each slice with peanut butter. Put a row of marshmallows on the peanut butter on four of the apple pieces. Top with the other four apple pieces (peanut butter side down). You should now have what looks like “moose lips” looking at you!
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
2 cups dry milk
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
Mix peanut butter and honey. Add dry milk (not reconstituted) until a stiff taffy is formed. Add chopped peanuts and raisins and knead in with hands. Form into rolls 1 inch wide and 3 inches long, or into hunks like taffies. Chill. Makes about 12 rolls. Note: Chunky peanut butter can be substituted for nut and peanut butter.
1 large apple
peanut butter and raisins mixed together OR
cottage cheese and raisins mixed together OR
Any other mixture that sounds good and is not runny. Cut off the top of a large apple. Core the apple and stuff with a mixture of your choice!