Outdoor Cooking For Kids

Article by Tricia Oliver

Summers are always fun. And this summer, it became more meaningful as YMCA/JCC Wolf Creek held a Summer Culinary Camp. The week-long activity is spearheaded by Diana Jacobson, a family program director. She was supported by her highly-skilled staff. Jacobson also shared that the day camp tackled the aspect of kitchen safety as well as subjects like math and science and social grace and etiquette. Kids were the participants and they were divided into two groups. Children from the ages of 6 to 12 belonged to one group and kids from 10 to 15 years old belonged to another. During the first session with instructor Amy Tanner, she taught the kids the importance of cleanliness – not just with their selves but also in the cooking process. With nine girls and one boy as her little chefs, instructor Amy demonstrated the proper way of hand washing using warm water and soap. And after that, she taught them about putting on the hairnet to keep their hair from their eyes and from the food that they will prepare.The organizers saw to it that they will make daily activities interesting for the children, so Jacobson made it a point that they would and cook different recipes each day. Day one in the campsite was devoted to cooking sugar cookies with chocolate candy as topping which was something immensely delightful for the kids. They mixed the ingredients and stirred the batter in bowls. And on the second day, they prepared taco in bags.Day three was a special day because it was Outdoor Cooking Day. Organizers built a campfire for a more outdoor feel. It was a fun-filled day as the kids got the chance to cook their marshmallows and hotdogs. Mrs. Tanner and day camp director Sarah Maidon discussed and demonstrated fire safety to the kids. Day four was all about being healthy. It was themed Healthy versus Unhealthy, Couch Potato versus Exercising Outside. And the kids made “Worms on Dirt” and “Ants On a Log” as their activity. Gummy worms, Oreo cookies, pudding, peanut butter, raisins and celery were the ingredients that the kids used for the day’s recipe. Day five was about breakfast and its importance. Monkey bread, pancakes and orange smoothies was the children’s menu for breakfast.Cooking is one of the most important skills one has to learn not just because you can cook any recipe that you fancy, but also because people with cooking skills is one of the most in demand right now. With these in mind, pass on that cooking prowess and let your children know the wonders of Dutch oven cooking. Look for a Dutch oven guide and be the master of your kitchen – with the assistance of your children.

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