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Cub Scouts DO Bake
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I decided that a lodge camping experience would benefit the Pack 507 Cub Scouts I serve in Belchertown Massachusetts. "Megaden" and their scouting partners would do an overnight at Chesterfield Scout
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Cub Scouts DO Bake

posted at 11/15/2008 8:03 AM EST
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I decided that a lodge camping experience would benefit the Pack 507 Cub Scouts I serve in Belchertown Massachusetts. "Megaden" and their scouting partners would do an overnight at Chesterfield Scout Reservation and it was my hope that it would be an experience that no one would ever forget. I never realized just what an experience it would be. During the day the Cub Scouts learned many skills and I was certain the box oven event would be fun and educational as well. The cardboard boxes, covered everywhere with heavy duty aluminum foil, with wire hanger racks would be the means to creating dessert for our foil packet dinners. Explaining how-to make the dessert in a field kitchen situation and demonstrating the trick to creating a box oven was taken in stride by the cubs; mixing the desserts and getting them to the box ovens was another matter especially since I forgot to pack the eggs! Still Scouts are resourceful and they muddled through. With hot coals inside the box ovens heating them up to the hoped for cooking temperatures, the Boy Scout Den Chiefs placed the desserts on the wire racks, covered the boxes and we all crossed our fingers. The trick is to cut a hole for air to keep the coals alive -- this was done and again I expressed the need to cover every single piece of exposed cardboard with tin foil because the box would surely catch on fire. We turned our attention to getting our foil dinners done and every now and then we would glance over to see the boxes 'working'. Alas, alack one oven after another simply overheated and, yes, caught on fire. The desserts -- poppy seed bread, brownies, and chocolate cookies -- burned with them. We were now down to one box oven and we were all nervous because this was our dessert! It's now up to Den 3's oven and the canned peaches and yellow cake mix concoction they dreamed up. Well, it came out pretty much intact and was placed on the picnic table. While it wasn't perfect it wasn't burned either. Now the math test - how to divide one 8" layer pan contents amongst 30 participants. Maybe it was the campfire and the friendship, maybe it was the fresh air, or maybe the appetites we all worked up but we agreed that it was the best tasting dessert ever made by a Cub Scout cooking crew. The burned remains of the other desserts were added to the fire as 'fuel' and as we watched the desserts go up in flames once more, we knew that 'next time' would be even better.

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