Winning Recipes of Scouting and Boys’ Life Magazines’ Campout Cuisine Contest

THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, Tim and Christine Conners have tested nearly 2,000 recipes while writing their outdoor cookbooks, and they’ve uncovered many excellent ideas and methods from contributors both young and old.

But what makes a Scout recipe award-winning? Hundreds of recipes were submitted by Scouts and Scouters in the Campout Cuisine Contest. So how did the Conners select the six winners — three youth, three adults — with the most delicious creations?

The duo look for great-tasting dishes that aren’t commonly seen in Scouting. They also love creative approaches to cooking: recipes using easier or more dependable preparation techniques score high in judging.

So fire up the stove or coals and sample the top six recipes from this year’s competition. In the gallery of recipes, below, you’ll find tasty spins on old favorites and perhaps more than a couple of great new ideas to share with your pack, troop or crew.

Campout Cuisine Contest judges Tim and Christine Conners are committee members and merit badge counselors for Troop 340 in Statesboro, Ga. They are proud parents of two recent Eagles. The pair has also authored seven popular outdoor cookbooks, including The Scout’s Outdoor Cookbook, The Scout’s Dutch Oven Cookbook, Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’, and Lipsmackin’ Car Campin’.

Their latest title, The Scout’s Campfire Cookbook for Kids, is scheduled for release this coming spring. Visit for free recipes and cooking demos.

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  1. The picture in the scouting magazine where you’re talking about the contest shows something with marshmellows…where is that recipe?

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