Last fall, the Unicorn Patrol — a group of girl Webelos Scouts from Pack 374 in Virginia Beach, Va. — just happened to be planning a meal for their council’s fall festival when they noticed a certain story in their favorite magazine.
The timing was perfect. The Boys’ Life article about a Scouts BSA troop from Connecticut that hosts an annual Thanksgiving camping event inspired the girls to start their own Thanksgiving tradition.
They call it Friendsgiving.
This year, due to COVID-19, they’re limiting it to den families and a few special guests. (They’re also following local and state guidance, as well as the Restart Scouting Checklist. They hold everything outdoors, and they don’t camp together.)
Using BLas their guide — and under adult supervision — the girls plan an entire Thanksgiving meal, including turkey (of course) and other delicious treats cooked on camp stoves and Dutch ovens.
“[Last fall] they cooked a 16-pound turkey in a trash can for 2½ hours,” den leader Brandy Schlossberg says. “It was delicious! The meat literally fell off the bone. The girls worked together and prepared one of the most memorable camping meals ever.”
At the Tidewater Council’s Pipsico Scout Reservation, the girls also conducted a hike and did a trash clean-up service project on the shores of the James River.
While they waited for the turkeys to cook, they went on a hayride, tackled the camp’s obstacle course and even found time for some pumpkin carving.
The Unicorn Patrol’s Thanksgiving favorites
• Turkeys cooked in a trash can
• Dutch oven corn bread
• Camp oven potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing and pumpkin spice cupcakes
Photos courtesy of Pack 374.