Boy Scout Camping Meals

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Nothing tastes better than a delicious meal cooked outdoors, especially if you are on a Boy Scout camping trip. The Boy Scouts are well-known for their ability to cook over an open fire, in a Dutch oven or on a propane stove. Try these ideas for Boy Scout camping meals.

Quick Foil Dinner Recipe

When Boy Scouts arrive at their campsite it is usually late in the afternoon or early evening. The last thing they want to do is prepare an elaborate meal. This is exactly why the foil dinner is one of the most popular Boy Scout camping meals. These dinners can be prepared easily at the campground, or at home before you leave. All you need is foil, a long pair of tongs for the open fire, and the following ingredients.

Ingredients: (per person)

  • 1 chicken breast or ¼ pound ground beef
  • 1 potato
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 onion, optional
  • 2 to 3 cabbage leaves
  • Seasoning: your favorite pre made seasoning and salt and pepper


  1. Wash the vegetables and chop them into small pieces (except cabbage leaves)
  2. Place cabbage leaves on foil
  3. Place vegetables on cabbage leaves
  4. Cut the chicken into small strips, place on vegetables or place ground beef on vegetables
  5. Season meal as desired
  6. Fold foil into flat well sealed packet
  7. Place the dinner on hot coals in the fire pit
  8. Cook for 15 minutes, flip meal, and cook 15 more minutes
  9. Unwrap one dinner and check it
  10. Make sure the chicken or beef is completely cooked before eating

Simple Breakfast Recipe

If you have ever been a Scout or a scout leader you have most likely had the infamous mountain man omelet. This Boy Scout camping meal is sure to get everyone up and hungry for a hearty breakfast. The mountain man omelet is cooked in a Dutch oven so it is very easy to make. Just follow the recipe and cooking instructions below for a delicious breakfast that will serve eight to 10 people.

Mountain Man Omelet


  • 1 lb. sausage
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 1 large chopped yellow onion
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 18 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups grated Cheddar cheese
  • Picante sauce
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat Dutch oven on coals until it is hot
  2. Cut bacon into 1 to 2 inch slices
  3. Put bacon and sausage in the Dutch oven and fry it until brown
  4. Pour excess grease out of Dutch oven (note: do not pour it in the flames)
  5. Add onion, garlic, and bell peppers. Sauté until vegetables are tender
  6. Mix milk and eggs in a bowl and pour into the Dutch oven
  7. Cover and bake using 8 to 10 briquettes below the oven and 12 to 15 on top for 20 minutes or until eggs are firm
  8. Temperature of the Dutch oven should be about 325 degrees
  9. Spread grated cheese on top
  10. Replace lid and wait until cheese is melted

Tasty Lunch Recipe

Nothing satisfies a Scout's lunchtime appetite quite like an authentic outdoor cooked chili dog. Follow this simple recipe and it's sure to be a big lunchtime hit.

Chili Dogs


  • 8 hotdogs
  • 8 hotdog buns
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 lb. mild Cheddar cheese

Chilidog Sauce:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried onion
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin


  1. To make it easy, before you leave for the camping trip, put all the dry chili dog sauce ingredients in a container ready to use at mealtime.
  2. Brown hamburger in a Dutch oven or a frying pan on a stove
  3. Crumble into small pieces
  4. Drain excess oil and add remaining chilidog sauce ingredients
  5. Simmer and stir uncovered for 15 minutes
  6. Boil hotdogs in a pot of water while sauce is cooking or have the Scouts cook the hot dogs on skewers over the fire
  7. Remove chili sauce from fire and let sit for 5 minutes
  8. Dice onion and shred the cheese
  9. Put a hotdog on a bun, spoon 1/4 C of sauce on top, chopped onion, and shredded cheese as desired.

Boy Scout Camping Meals

With these time-tested Boy Scout camping meals, mealtime is sure to be a big success. Make sure to get the boys involved in the meal preparation so they can learn campfire cooking skills.

Boy Scout Camping Meals