Foil packet meals are a fun way for kids to make their own dinner or lunch when you’re camping. Set up a buffet, and let the kids make their own. You can also make these at home if you camp out in your backyard.
A few years ago, as a new Girl Scout leader, I did my outdoor camp training which included a workshop on campfire cooking. At the workshop, we made foil packet meals for dinner based on a smorgasboard of meat, veggie, and sauce options. The results were amazing! I’ve been dying to share my camp cooking experience with my kids.
If you don’t have access to a campfire, you can make up foil packets for the grill. Just follow the same rules for safety and making up the packets.
Outdoor Fire Safety
Follow these rules to keep foil packet cooking as safe as possible for your kids.
- Pull back and secure long hair.
- Don’t let bandanas, jewelry, or anything else hang out when working by the fire.
- Don’t wear nylon clothing since it melts.
- Always have a safety circle around the campfire or grill.
- Never leave the campfire or grill unattended, and have a bucket of water near the campfire.
- Always check weather conditions before starting a campfire, and don’t have a campfire during a drought.
- No running or playing near the campfire.
- Always, always supervise kids around a fire, and limit the number of kids close to the fire.