Camp Smores During State Fire Ban


Smores are a staple and expectation of the camping experience.  What does one do when fires are banned during the camping season?  You get creative!  Here’s how we do it at Camp Howard.

Below: Shawna King and Melanie Smith ( two of the fantastic cooks at Camp Howard) put half a graham cracker on a sheet pan then put a marshmallow on top of each cracker.

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Below: They popped them into the oven and heated them for about 10 minutes at 350.

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Below: When they came out of the oven, they were gooey on the inside but had a very thin membrane on the outside giving the marshmallow its shape.  A piece of Hershey chocolate is place on top of each Marshmallow.

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Below: Finally, the other half of the graham cracker is pressed down onto the chocolate, forcing it into the melted marshmallow, creating a sandwich and melting the chocolate into the white hot sweet goo which attaches itself to the top and bottom cracker

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The Lakeridge Marching Band was waiting patiently for the evening treat which made for a perfect end of the day!

I checked out the Camp Howard Kitchen Today…this is what I found…


One of the biggest sources of compliments at Camp Howard is the food service!  They put out some great food and the kids love it.  I was told at a meeting today that a Mom called the Camp Director and asked for some of the camp recipes.  Seems her child has special eating needs and the camp did such a good job feeding him,  he came home singing about the food!  I am not surprised as i hear similar stories all the time but it always thrills me when I hear great things about our cooks and the great job they did.

You might be interested to know that several of the cooking staff voluntarily attended an in depth food safety class which included a test at the end of the course.  They all passed and they are all very enthused about what they have learned.  These are some of the reasons that Camp Howard is the local Health Inspectors favorite camp!

Head Cook, Fran, and crew produce some of their signature "Cheesey Rolls"

Head Cook, Fran, and crew produce some of their signature “Cheesey Rolls”

Shauna helps out with the cheesy rolls

Shauna helps out with the cheesy rolls

Kathy works on cutting up the greens (much of which comes from the camp garden) for salad

Kathy works on cutting up the greens (much of which comes from the camp garden) for salad

John is thrilled to have the opportunity to wash dishes at camp this summer!

John is thrilled to have the opportunity to wash dishes at camp this summer!

Drew works hard in the camp kitchen, one of the most important functions of the camp.

Drew works hard in the camp kitchen, one of the most important functions of the camp.

Ron gets the rolls ready to put in the oven

Ron gets the rolls ready to put in the oven