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Sour Patch Grapes – A Terrific Treat for Kids & Adults on the Road, Camping or Anywhere

This past weekend we spent the weekend camping in order to try out some new recipes for our summer camping trips for our family and for Girl Scouts.  One of the recipes, we tested was called Sour Patch Grapes.  They were super easy AND a huge hit with our kids.   Special thanks to aspottedpony for the idea.

sour patch grapes mix

First thing we did was start with a bowl of washed grapes.  In a Ziploc bag, we combined two types of Jello Mix, Watermelon and Sugar Free Lemon.

The next step requires someone to coat the damp, washed grapes in the mixture.  We found this to be easier if we just put the grapes in the bag and shook them.

Sour patch grapes
Coating the grapes in the bag



Bag of Jello – Mix


The last step was to take them out of the bag and put them into a refrigerator to cool for an hour.  (I’m wondering how they would taste if we put them into a cooler this summer???)

Once the grapes get cold, you have an amazing tasty treat!  Our kids couldn’t stop eating them.  They will be a great road trip snack or an awesome snack for camping this summer!



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Scout Banana Boats Camping Foil Pack

Looking for an easy treat to make while camping?   An ooey, gooey, easy treat?  Then Banana Boats may be the way to go.  

banana boat, foil pack, camping, Girl Scouts
My daughter likes hers lightly melted


  •        1 banana per person (may cut in ½ if smaller portion is required)
  •        Mini marshmallows
  •        Chocolate, butterscotch, or other chips


  •        Sharp Knife
  •        Aluminum Foil (Reynolds’s Heavy Duty)
  •        Potholder


Two different ways to do this-  One is to cut a wedge out of the top and use it as a cover for your boat. (Works great when you have a ½ piece of banana)

banana boat, sliced banana
The full banana cut with a slit down the middle.

2nd way is to use whole banana and make a slit  from top to bottom.








Whichever way you choose- the next step is to pack the banana with marshmallows and chocolate chips

Finally, Wrap banana drug store style and cook over coals long enough to melt chips.

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Drug Store Style Wrapped (throw back name to an earlier age??)




You can use all kinds of variations to this simple recipe.   I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips due to my son’s food allergies.  However, you are only limited to your imagination.  Enjoy!

Posted in Girl Scout Camping

DIY Camping Paper Towel Holder

Tired of your paper towels rolling around while camping?  Tired of picking them up off the ground or running to catch them when the wind blows?  Left your nice store bought holder at home?

Paper Towel Holder
Girl Scout DIY paper towel holder for camping.


Our Girl Scouts decided that a quick solution uses only string and a stick. They were tired of the above problems and dirty towels, so they found a solution.  They used a long stick, slid the paper towels on the rod and used string to tie up the ends to the top of the kitchen tent.  Now no more running after the towels.  They were super proud of themselves for coming up with such an easy solution!


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Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Looking for an easy dessert to make while camping?  Look no further because this recipe is one of our scouts’ favorite and very easy for them to prep. It’s a twist on the old favorite Apple Dump Cake.

Caramel Cobbler

Before we get started, remember to follow all safety rules and outdoor training guidelines.  For Girl Scouts, only certain ages are allowed to handle the fire and the charcoal part but all levels can complete the prep.  I usually have the girls prep in groups of 4.

To get started: you will need a few ingredients and some equipment.   

 Food Items Needed

  • 2 cans of Caramel Apples
  • 1 – 2 boxes of yellow cake mix (depending on preference)
  • 1 stick of butter

 Equipment Needed

  • 1 Dutch Oven     
  • Charcoal Chimney
  • Aluminum Foil  
  • Knife/Cutting Board
  • Charcoal     
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Can Opener

   Time to Cook!

  1.  Start heating up the Charcoal briquettes in the chimney.  We usually use 24 briquettes for a 12 qt oven.
  1. Line the Dutch Oven with Aluminum Foil and Spray (When our Daisy girl scouts complete this step, I always look over it making sure there are no holes in the foil.  The foil helps to make it a super easy clean up.)
  1. Pour both cans of apple filling into the Dutch oven- layer it evenly usually the spatula
  1. Pour the cake mix over top of the apples – Spread evenly (Depending on your scouts, mine like to use two boxes of cake mix.  It makes it a little taller and thicker but I think the taste is really the same as one)
  1.  Slice the butter and checkerboard the butter over the top ( Two of the girls usually slice the butter while the other two lay it out in a checkerboard pattern over the top)  Put the lid on the dutch oven.  
  1. Carry the Dutch oven to the fire ring and apply your piping hot briquettes with 10 on the bottom and 14 on the top.  That works great for our 12 qt but feel free to adjust your numbers depending on the size of your oven.  Each briquette is about 40 degrees. Dog food tin plates work great as a place near the fire to set the Dutch oven.    

7. Cook for about 40-45 minutes for 1 box of cake mix.  For 2 boxes, it usually takes about an hour.

Once removed, allow it to cool.  You can serve it warm or even have the girls make ice cream in a bag to go with the cobbler.   Enjoy!

(If you have some great variations of this recipe, let me know.  We always have a great time trying out new, easy recipes at camp.)