Cranberry sauce doesn't have to come from a can.
While it takes a little planning, this dessert is simple to make, but a real show stopper
Scouting is all about tradition. The Rosslyn Scouting Group has a tradition... Halloween Camp. And at Halloween camp our tradition is to make Halloween Candy Apples!
We have tried a few different techniques... some work well, and others... well, not so much....
And we have learned that a whole Candy Apple is just far too much to eat... and as a Scout is wise in the use of their resources, we have reduced the size of our sugary treat to a more manageable size.
- Unwrap caramel squares and place in a small crock pot, add water.
- Cook on high for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until caramel is melted. Stir frequently
- Meanwhile, wash and dry apples
- Just before dipping apples, quarter and remove core
- Insert popsicle stick into one end of the apple
- Dip apple quarters into hot caramel and then your favourite sprinkle.
- Cool apple quarters on parchment paper... don't use wax paper... you have been warned!!
Ask any Scout what their favourite lunch is, and Travellin' Tacos (aka Taco in a Bag) is high on their list. After all, we put Doritos in this dish. Who wouldn't want chips for lunch?
Plus, when you walk into Great Edmonton Camp with a case of Doritos, you get a lot of envious looks from other the campers.
On a side note, this is one of those dishes that works well for a troop as the youth can assemble the meal as they see fit. Don't like lettuce...no problem, have some extra tomatoes. Don't like sour cream....no problem, have some extra salsa. Don't like any veggies... no problem, have some watermelon....It is very customizable and suits most tastes. Bring a small bottle of Tabasco Sauce and even your chili heads will be happy.
Courtesy of the Scout's Outdoor Cookbook by Christine & Tim Connors
- Cook the ground beef in a frying pan. Remove from heat and drain off excess grease
- Stir the taco seasoning and water into the ground beef.
- With the chip bags still sealed, carefully crush the Doritos in the bag.
- Cut each bag open along one side
- Add beef mix, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa and sour cream into the chip bag
- Eat right out of the bag with a fork
Hudson Bay bread
So, you are going to do an overnight canoe trip. What food do you bring?
Well, bread is not one of those things typically on your menu as it gets squished far too easily. It just doesn't travel well. If you are Scouter Uncle Ian, you bring Ryvita Crispbread and top with cold pack cheese. A quick search on-line will suggest pita bread, tortillas, English muffins and the like, but if you dig a little further, you may read about Hudson Bay Bread. I had expected to read that it was an old Canadian recipe from the days of the fur trade, but not so. It was purportedly created in the 1960's for an Outward Bounds Camp for use on canoe trips. Some say, Sir Edmund Hillary ate a version of this in the 1950's when he successfully climbed Mount Everest. In any case, this is a high energy granola type "bread" that travels well and is quite tasty with lashings of peanut butter and jam
Hudson Bay Bread
Based on backpacking.net
- Using a blender or food processor, in batches, grind the oats into a coarse flour.
- With a mixer, cream butter with brown sugar, maple syrup, honey and vanilla.
- Mix in ground oats and walnuts
- Press dough into a 9"x 15" cookie sheet. Pack the dough down firmly
- Bake in a 350F oven for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately roll the partially cooked dough with a rolling pin to compress the bread as it tends to puff up a bit during the bake.
- Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Again, once the bread is removed from the oven, roll dough again. This will help prevent crumbling later on.
- Let cool to the touch, and cut with a pizza cutter into 3 inch squares. Once cut, let the bread cool completely.
- Wrap cooled squares individually in plastic wrap.
- On your trip, slather with peanut butter and jam to serve. And bring lots of peanut butter and jam...or your Venturers will eat all of it and lick the packets clean!
- To keep fresh, store frozen until just before you head out on your adventure
Mama Tracker's hamburger sandwiches
A number of our Scouts and Venturers travelled to Camp Impeesa High Adventure Camp to start off the summer of 2017. The camp is located in Southern Alberta, "near" the hamlet of Beaver Hill Mines. Our youth enjoyed zip lining, hiking, climbing, canoeing, paddleboarding, early morning polar bear swims and Thunderball.
According to our Venturers, the best meal of the day was lunch, and one of their favourite dishes was Mama Tracker's Hamburger Sandwich - a simple open face burger on toast that we recreated at Sailing Camp
Mama Tracker's Hamburger Sandwich
- In a cast iron frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
- Add sliced onions, and gently fry, adding sugar to aid the caramelization.
- Continues to cook and stir the onions until the onions are a deep brown colour.
- Meanwhile, BBQ the burgers and toast the bread
- To assemble, place a cooked burger on top of the toast. Add caramelized onions and top with gravy.
- Serve to hungry Venturers with plenty of veggies on the side.
Mountain Dew Pancakes
Scouts like pancakes... and 117 Rosslyn Scouts like Mountain Dew Pancakes... a lot! In fact, we sometimes have to call time out on Mountain Dew Pancakes or the Scouts and Cubs would have them for every camp breakfast.
Chances are pretty good that if you come to camp with us, at some point you will be enjoying these light, lemony pancakes. Not only are they good with syrup, but if Scouter Dawn forgets to pack the syrup to the Great Edmonton Camp, they are pretty good plain!
Mountain Dew Pancakes
Inspired by a recipe from "Lip Smackin' Car Campin" by Christine & Tim Connors
- Using 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, spoon onto a hot greased griddle. Once bubbles form on the pancakes, flip and briefly cook on the other side
- serve stacks of hot to hungry Scouts!
CHRISTMAS PRETZEL HUGS
Scouter Carmen brought this treat to our Annual Scout and Vent Candy Cane Lane Family Hike and it was a big hit... salty and sweet... how can you go wrong?
Often, this is a Halloween treat, but candy corn is now available in seasonal colours for Christmas and Easter. If you don't find the supplies at your grocery store, the ingredients are available at Bulk Barn.
And why stop at candy corn? This treat is also yummy with M&M's on top.
Who knows, it just might appear on the menu for the 2017 Halloween Camp...
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Unwrap Hug chocolates and place on top of pretzels.
- Bake at 3oo degrees for about 4-5 minutes until the chocolate becomes soft.
- Remove from oven and quickly place candy corn on top of the chocolates. Press down carefully.
- Serve when cool and the chocolate is firm. Consider putting the tray in the fridge to speed up the cooling process
worms and dirt
If you haven't already noticed, the more gross the name, the more popular the dish... It doesn't seem to matter if it is Cub Scouts or Venturer Scouts, it still applies.
For Halloween Camp this year, our Cub Scouts made "Worms and Dirt" for Mug Up. It was a yummy treat after visiting the Haunted Alley that the Scout prepared. "Worms and Dirt" leftovers were also a popular breakfast item the next day....because... a Scout is wise in the use of all resources!
NOt quite rice Crispy squares
- Once the marshmallows are melted, remove from heat and add cereal. Stir to combine
- Press cereal mixture into a greased pan and let cool
- Cut into square and enjoy