What a fun read! I'd not seen this thread before. Himself and I camped before kids, and except for breakfasts we'd usually eat out. Camping, for us, was more a cheap form of lodging rather than a lifestyle.
There was this time in the Shenandoah Valley when we went into the tent wearing shorts and t-shirts and came out all dressed up - Himself in a suit and tie and I in a long dress.
Then we had kids, and took them camping. Not much changed, except for the fancy clothing. In a week's time, we probably ate supper at the camp only twice each trip out.
Then I became a Girl Scout leader. Everything was cooked out! Everything tasted gourmet! The girls learned to build fires, make a camping oven from an old 3# coffee can, and cook just about anything. Our all-time favorite food? Campfire Banana Boats. Bananas, marshmallows, chocolate - how can you not love it!
We'd cut the stem off, slit the banana right through the skin and nearly all the way to the other side, then stuff with said marshmallows and chocolate pieces. Wrap each one in foil and toss it on top of the fire while you ate your supper. Finish your meal, fish your packet out of the fire, and try to be patient until it cooled off enough to open it up. It's been years since I've had one of those.
Originally Posted by chopper
I ...I just love Camper Pies....By this time it was dark and we sat around the campfire and cooked our own little pies. Wow were they hot when they came out of the irons!...
"Hot pie iron, hot pie iron coming through!" is the cry that would go up around the fire when our daughter went camping with her second troop. I was a leader only through Brownies, and her new leader was a young, single woman who took our daughter and eleven other girls on a lifetime of adventures in eight years of scouts. I
Jennifer to this day for all the experiences she gave our girl.