best food to take camping?
going camping for 4 days and don’t want to have to survive off of hotdogs the whole time. Won’t have pots or pans, just an open fire. If I throw a thing of potatoes into foil and in the fire, will that work or will they be burned to a crisp?
Make a pouch with the foil. Add some salt and pepper and if you have it cheese. Toss it in the fire. The foil will get pretty black but the potatoes will be pretty good. Leave it in there for like 10 minutes or so.
Gourmet Camping Meal Ideas?
I have to prepare a meal for me and my camping group of 8-10 people. I need to find out what is easy to bring on a 5 day canoe trip and easy to prepare on the stove or on the campfire. We will have pans and pots. It would be best to not include Meat as best possible!
Thanks in advance!
Well first thing that comes to mind are the dehydrated meals, since water will be abundant it`ll be easy to just boil water. I prefer Mountain house, add a 1/4 cup more than they recommend and the longer you wait the better it`ll taste. Speaking about having a lot of water at your disposal think along the lines of pasta`s and rice. Quick easy and minimal clean up. Breakfasts Oatmeal will be good, it`ll fill you up its super light and again all you need is hot water. You can easily store meats in a small cooler on a canoe. Even if you freeze them the night before you leave they`ll be frozen for a couple of days in a cooler, if not in a cooler they`ll easily last a day or two if frozen. Think Shish Kabobs!
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Need help finding a camping mess kit?
I’m looking for a ROUND Mess Kit with a lid that has a latch and can be used as a pot/pan.Something like the Army mess kits but cheaper $10-15 what do you recommend? Thanks I’ll give a best answer 10 points!
I need one that I can fit a alcohol stove,windscreen and a pot holder into maybe even utensils.Thanks
If you’re in the US you should check at Big 5 or most sporting good stores. Maybe even Walmart or Kmart might have it. Good luck.
I cant think of a title for my essay…?
I need help thinking of a title for my essay! it’s about how this camp i went to in the boundary waters taught me that it’s teh simple things that count and that hard experiences turn out to be great in the end.
here’s the essay if you want to read it and give suggestions, that would be great (many thanks!)
or if you just want to give a suggestion based on my “summary”
thanks a ton!! i just can’t think of a title….
Last summer, I went to the bus stop at a YMCA not knowing what to expect. This scared me, but I also liked for once not knowing what I would be doing over the next twelve days. The bus ride took five hours, not counting the stop at Subway, until we finally saw the sign proclaiming ‘Camp Widjiwagen’. I knew what it looked like because of our class trip last winter, but to say this time was different would be an understatement.
During seventh grade, if you asked me what I most liked doing I would probably say watching TV and movies, going on the internet, and being with my friends. I still like those things, but now I have more appreciation for things that you actually feel good about doing afterwards that are worthwhile. I found that the simpler things can make you happier because there’s something about canoeing and portaging and just being with nature that can’t compare to sitting and watching TV all day. Since everything now is so complicated and fast-paced, its nice to experience what people had to do and that taking it slow can be good.
After a little while, we were split into the groups of people we would be doing everything with for the next twelve days. My group, later named the Djibouti Fish, included me, Alicia, Emily, Maddie, and our two counselors, Lauren and Elisa. We spent the first day getting to know each other, by talking and playing games like the one where you take a handful of M&Ms and for each one say something about yourself. We found that my group had a ton in common, so much that it could have been good or bad. It turned out to be good, luckily, and we all liked the same things and even thought alike. It seemed like we were was made to be together. We all liked skiing, rock climbing, travel, dogs, singing—I could go on for a while. Because of the bond of being so alike, it felt like we were together for much more than twelve days.
Though it was tough from the beginning (doing swim and canoe tests, planning food and route, and getting used to everything), it really started to get hard once we went on trail. We had first spent a few days at camp training and preparing for our trip. On trail it was much different. We canoed every day for at least four hours, but canoeing wasn’t the hard part; portaging was. A portage is when you carry everything over land until you get to the next river or lake. Sounds simple, but it is really difficult. We divided all our stuff—one 95 pound canoe per counselor and one uncomfortable Duluth pack each for the rest of us. One person carried the food pack, so heavy at the beginning that everyone who carried it kept falling over. We also had to split the tent, pots and pans, oars, and water bottles between us.
Our worst portage was the third or fourth, so we were tired even before we started. It was not only almost a mile long but was very steep, with rocks everywhere. It was toward the beginning of our trip, so we switched the massive food pack among us every so often. The sweltering heat made us tired, and when I looked down I saw a swarm of mosquitoes covering my legs. Later that day I counted, and during the portage I had gotten over 100 mosquito bites. After ages of portaging, our backs aching and our bodies itching, we finally saw the beautiful and rocky, lake (called Steep Lake, for obvious reasons) and our campsite right outside of the portage. It was one of the best feelings, knowing what we had accomplished. Some people might say, “It wasn’t even a mile, I could do that easily.” When you take into consideration the circumstances, though, it was not something most people could do. Because we all pushed through it and completed the portage in one trip, we could really see what an accomplishment it was when we came to the lake. Steep Lake was probably our favorite just because it showed us that the huge portage was over. That was one of the most amazing days of my life because it showed how making an effort comes with a lot of rewards in the long run.
One of the most perfect moments of our trip happened the night before we arrived back at camp. We had decided to have our counselors wake us up in the middle of the night. All of us, except Alicia, took our ground pads and sleeping bags outside to the large rock face on our campsite. There was a break in the trees so we could see the wide open sky. We climbed into our sleeping bags, hoping that we wouldn’t slide down the slightly steep rock. We wondered at the brightness since it was so late, but once we looked up, we could see why. It seemed like the sky went on forever, millions of stars surrounded a shining crescent moon. I saw at least one shooting star, and though they weren’t the northern lights, we saw some kind of colorful lights reflecting on the clouds. We kept staring at the sky because everything felt so overwhelming. It seemed like we both completely understood everything and also didn’t understand anything at all, depending on how you thought about it. From canoeing all day to looking at the stars, we had a lot of time to wonder what life was about. The only conclusion I could think of was that you should pay attention to small things and appreciate everyone even if you have to look under the surface to find their goodness.
I am making it sound like my experience at Widji was pretty deep, but a lot of the time we spent was just having fun and laughing so hard we fell over. We have so many inside jokes that we still use today and many funny things have happened. Some of the other things we did included trying to float in a lake with a ground pad, trying to force ourselves to eat all of the horrible calzone sauce but deciding it was so awful we should just pack it, watching an otter swim by our canoes, and me finding a leech stuck on my boot. I stuck a tent stake through the leech, watching and later screaming when about 100 tiny leeches crawled out of the punctured mother (It was a mother, right?). Okay, maybe the last one wasn’t such a good memory. But during those times, and the whole trip, the experiences brought us together while still letting us learn more about ourselves and life.
Before I went to Widji, I have to say I was lazier and didn’t appreciate the simple things in life as much. There were a lot of important things I learned, and not only about camping and canoeing though because of those I have become stronger and more able to do things beyond my comfort zone. One of the most important things I learned was that sometimes really hard experiences help make everything more worthwhile and help you to appreciate life. I also found that out in the Boundary Waters with only a few other people who you can trust, I could truly be myself and not worry about what other people might say or think. These people don’t know all about you so there’s nothing they can have against you, and you can be totally honest because there is no reason you shouldn’t be. Because of this, I have become more confident and learned more about myself and what I can do., and I have learned more about what people are like when they are totally being themselves. This is just a little about what Camp Widjiwagen is like, and everyone has a different experience, but these were the most important parts that have changed the foundation of how I am.
What to Expect?
Time of my Life
Adventure of a life time
Who would have known?
Toughing it out at camp
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