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Baloo's Bugle

May 2002 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 8, Issue 10
June Theme

Critters, Cubs and Campfires
Webelos Traveler and Artist

CUB GRUB - Fun Food


Campfire Snacks
York Adams Area Council

Go to this and other websites for many great campfire-appropriate recipes.  (Make special note of the popcorn recipe, below.  Something special each of the boys can do himself.)

Striped S’More
York Adams Area Council


          Fudge Striped Shortbread Cookies

Toast marshmallows until golden brown, place between bottoms of 2 fudge striped cookies. Taste just like the ones you make with graham crackers without the mess.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Smore
York Adams Area Council

2 1/2 s  graham cracker

1 marshmallow

1 peanut butter cup

Cook marshmallow over campfire, put on to cracker, then add peanut butter cup to marshmallow.

Campfire Popcorn
York Adams Area Council

In the center of an 18" x 18" square of heavy or doubled foil, place one teaspoon of oil & one teaspoon of popcorn. Bring foil corners together to make a pouch. Seal the edges by folding, but allow room for the popcorn to pop. Tie each pouch to a long stick with a string & hold the pouch over the hot coals. Shake constantly until all the corn has popped. Season with butter & salt.



Foil Pack

Instructions - Use regular width heavy duty foil ( two sheets of regular foil works OK, but the heavy-duty is easier to handle) and tear off as many pieces needed - each piece should be about 12"-15". Food should be placed on the shiny side of the foil.  To close packets after food to be cooked is placed on foil, use a "drugstore wrap" - bring longer edges of foil together over food and fold over and down several times, almost to the "level" of the food.  Fold ends over about 1/2 inch or so at a time until the folds reach the food.  Place the packets on the grill - seam side up first and about 6"-8" over the coals - and cook for about 15 minutes.  Turn over packet and cook another 15 minutes.  This is not an "exact science" - cooking times sometimes have to be adjusted for variations, e.g., too-full packets, too-thick ingredients, etc.  If in doubt, take a packet off the fire, open and check; re-seal carefully if it needs more cooking. Food foil packs can be cooked in any oven, of course, but campfire cooking - fire-building, food preparation and cooking - can interest any kid.

All-In-One Meal (Kids like to assemble their own "packs" and can help with cutting the vegetables if they're "sharp-object ready". And, mark each packet with its owner's initials before cooking; black magic marker works well.)

Make a patty of about 1/4 pound lean hamburger. (Some older kids, especially high school-age boys, and more than a few girls, can eat two or more packs.) Place patty on "square" of heavy-duty foil.  Put one or more of the following "seasoning" options on the meat patty, if desired:

A couple tablespoons of catsup or chili sauce; mix with a little mustard if desired.

Two-three tablespoons tomato sauce with herbs or any other variety - comes in an 8 oz. can.

Two-three tablespoons salsa

About a tablespoon of dry onion soup mix - stir up the "powder" and the "flakes" together and sprinkle over the patty; the moisture from the vegetables/meat will moisten this.

A little salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.

On top of the meat patty, layer (overlapping like "fish scales") 4- 6 thin slices of potato, then about the same amount of thinly sliced carrot on top of the potato. ( 4 or 5 thin slices of zucchini can also be "layered" on top of the carrot, if you like.) Put a little chopped or very thinly sliced onion - some kids don't like this and will leave it out - over the top of the other vegetables, close up the packet and place over hot coals.  When food is done, add any other seasonings desired, and eat from the foil packet - no plates required



Cinnamon-Sugar Biscuit Stick

·                     Can of ready to cook biscuits

·                     1/2 c. Sugar

·                     5 tbsp. Cinnamon

·                     1 Stick Butter

·                     Green Sick or Camping Fork

Melt butter in square cake pan & keep warm. Mix cinnamon & sugar & place in pie pan. Open biscuits & roll into long strip. Roll onto stick and hold over fire without touching flames. Cook until light golden brown. When dough moves easily without sticking, it is done. With a fork, roll dough in butter, place in cinnamon sugar and roll. Enjoy!!

Bisquick Cherry Cobbler


One or two cans of cherry pie filling

Box of Bisquick

Vanilla flavoring

1 Egg





Round 8-9" cake pan

Dutch oven

Aluminum foil

Directions: Coat cake pan with thin coat of oil, or line with foil and coat with oil.   Spread cherry pie filling into cake pan, at least one layer of cherries across bottom.  Mix in bowl until smooth: 1 cup of Bisquick, 1/3 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 egg, 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla, large dash of cinnamon.  If batter is very thick, add a splash of milk so it will be spread able but not runny.

Pour batter equally over top of cherries, use spoon to spread if needed.  Place three small rocks on bottom of hot preheated Dutch oven, then place cake pan in oven on top of rocks and cover.  Place oven on top of eight-ten good charcoals.  Put twice as many on top. Bake about 12 to 15 minutes until crust is golden brown and cherries are bubbly. Be careful not to overcook if batter layer is thin.


Frito Pie




2 lbs of hamburger

Large bag of Frito's corn chips or other  corn chips

4-6 ounce bag of shredded cheddar cheese

Package of taco seasoning

Medium size jar of salsa or sauce if desired:

Head of lettuce or bag of pre-cut salad

Fresh tomato, chopped

Onion, chopped

Fresh mushrooms

Red or green peppers

Sour cream

(serves 6 to 8 boys)


Preheat Dutch oven on fire, and brown meat. Drain off grease. Stir in taco seasoning mix, cover and simmer according to directions, 5 to 10 minutes, stirring as needed.

Remove from heat. Add chips to Dutch oven, mix in with meat, spread layer of shredded cheese over top, cover and let stand for a few minutes to warm chips and melt cheese. In cold weather, place Dutch oven on a few coals and put a few on top of lid to maintain heat.

Serve when warm and cheese melted. Add salsa to taste.

Option: sauté onions, peppers, mushrooms with ground meat before adding taco seasoning.


Meat Loaf

2 Servings

1 1/2 lb Ground beef

3/4 c  Quick oats

1 Eggs

1/4 tsp Dry mustard

1/4 C Bell pepper

1 pack Onion soup mix

3/4 tsp Salt


Mix all ingredients and put in casserole pan.  Place in Dutch oven.  Bake 1 hour, covered.


Banana Boat

1 Banana -- unpeeled

Semisweet chocolate chips

Miniature marshmallows

Brown sugar

This recipe is for 1 serving

Slit each banana lengthwise but not all the way through. Leave the skin on (do not peel). Put 1-2 teaspoons each of the marshmallows and chocolate chips in slit.  Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar.  Wrap tightly in foil, being sure to seal ends.  Place on grill over campfire or coals, seam side up.  Takes about 7 minutes to cook.




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