Judging by the tens of thousands of views, by now you’ve seen our #HandbookHack video series on YouTube, Facebook and ScoutingWire. It’s an outstanding series highlighting a few of the many ways Scouts are the ultimate life hackers — using the Boy Scout Handbook as our guide. Wonder what we mean by that? A life hack is a tool or technique that makes life a little easier — and in our case, more fun. Our latest #HandbookHack is foil packet cooking. We’re showing everyone a fun and easy cooking technique they can use indoors, on a barbeque grill or on a campfire, like we do:
No one is better at cooking over a campfire than us. And the cooking skills Scouts learn in our program last a life time. I have my own favorite tried-and-true campfire recipes. They’re really fun, creative and best of all, they taste good!
Take a paper lunch bag, put a few strips of bacon in the bottom and put a stick through the top of the bag. Get good coals on an open fire, and very gently put the bag down over the coals. The grease from the bacon soaks into the bottom of the paper bag. As the bacon starts cooking, crack a couple of eggs on top of the bacon. Sometimes the bag catches fire and the kids go nuts, but the end result — usually — is a delicious breakfast that’s fun to make.
Peel the top off of an orange and hollow out the orange. Mix cake batter and pour in enough cake batter until you fill the hollow orange peel. Wrap in heavy foil and put directly on coals. Cook until done, and enjoy.
I hope you have a chance to try these recipes on your next camp out.
Back to foil packet cooking, this is a technique you can try tonight at home. It’s something Scouts can do for their parents, to give them a night off. Cooking is an important life skill that children often don’t get the chance to learn today. The cooking techniques we teach in a safe learning environment help our Scouts develop talents they would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. In Scouting, we serve up leadership, confidence, and a sense of accomplishment with every meal.
Let’s hear your favorite outdoor cooking recipes and let us know if you have some ideas that spice up foil packet cooking.