Menus and Recipes

A typical weekend camping trip, from Friday evening to Sunday morning, will have five meals:

Many patrols have a handful of recipes that they like to use on each campout. This can be a good thing, because it keeps meal planning simple and because everyone in the patrol knows how to prepare them. But consider trying something new on each campout, especially for Saturday supper. Try a Dutch oven meal, or foil dinners, or an international dish (Indian rice dishes are easy to prepare at camp, and can be made as mild or spicy as your patrol likes!).

When planning your meals, consider how your ingredients will hold up to storage at camp. Use fresh foods--dairy, meat, vegetables--early, and rely on boxed or canned foods later in the camp. Consider using some ingredients across multiple meals; for example, it's often cheaper by the serving to buy a bigger box of crackers--use some of the crackers on Friday night, and some for lunch on Saturday. Just be sure you ration the food so you're not left without anything at the end!

Your menu will be reviewed by an adult leader to ensure that it will be healthy, safe, and give you sufficient fuel for the day. When planning your food, think of it as the kind of fuel that you would use to build a fire:

Here's an example of a weekend campout menu:

Cracker Barrel

Summer sausage

Block of cheese

Crackers (Ritz, Saltine, etc.)


Saturday Breakfast

Pigs in a blanket: Pancakes with Sausage, cinnamon sugar. 

Orange juice

Saturday Lunch

Sun butter and jelly sandwiches


Carrot sticks

Saturday Supper

Foil dinner (hamburger, vegetables: carrots, potatoes, garlic, peppers, and seasoning wrapped in foil and cooked in the coals)

Cooked carrots

Baked apples for dessert

Sunday Breakfast

Instant oatmeal