10 Easy Recipes to Cook with Kids While Camping

Camping is a wonderful time to explore and learn, this extends to starting down the path of cooking too.

This list of ten recipes is easy enough to be cooked and enjoyed by the whole family, yet tasty enough to spark the flame of interest in them to cook bigger and better meals in the future.

It helps with eating too, as generally, I’ve found kids are more likely to eat anything they make, and certainly stuff that wouldn’t get eaten if you served it to them.

Involving the kids in the cooking process also means that they are being entertained while helping so you are not dividing your attention between preparing food and trying the track where they are and if they are possibly up to mischief.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Grilled Ham and Pineapple Kebab
  2. 2. Campfire Chocolate Bananas
  3. 3. Ham and Cheese Toastie
  4. 4. Chocolate and Cheery Dump Cake
  5. 5. Vanilla Cookie S’more
  6. 6. Corned Beef Stew
  7. 7. Beef in a Biscuit
  8. 8. Chocolate Orange Cake
  9. 9. Dutch Oven Soda Bread
  10. 10. Campfire Pizza Rolls

1. Grilled Ham and Pineapple Kebab

Ham and Pineapple are two ingredients that can be eaten raw, meaning even if the ‘cooking’ side of the meal goes a little askew they can still be eaten.

The threading of the skewers includes many of the motor development skills that are gained from similar activities like making necklaces or playing with lego. So the experience is more than just about cooking.

Ham and pineapple kebabs just being put on the grill to heat through.

BBQ Grilled Kebab

Grilled Ham and Pineapple Kebabs Recipe
There are just some combinations in the world that work. Ham and pineapple are one of these. This recipe is this combination in its purest. Perfect to be made by children at…

by Dan Hodgson

2. Campfire Chocolate Bananas

Nothing draws the attention of a child like a campfire. This banana recipe can be quickly prepared, cooked, and eaten making it ideal for a shorter attention span.

It also gives some ‘choice’ on whether you want chocolate, marshmallows, or both. The cooking is also a choice as it can be eaten anywhere from raw to completely mushy which happens after a long time in the fire.

Simple cooking in the campfire also gives a practical option to teach some fire safety while interacting with it rather than just being told to keep away.

Chocolate, marshmallows, and bananas getting ready to be cooked in the campfire's coals.


Campfire Chocolate Bananas Recipe
These campfire chocolate bananas are cooked in the coals after being stuffed with marshmallows and chocolate for a rocky road twist! Kids and adults will love this sweet and sticky treat. You…

by Saffron Hodgson

3. Ham and Cheese Toastie

Toasted ham and cheese sandwiches are easy to make as snacks or dinner using the old-school pie iron.

It is a popular request paired with canned tomato soup which creates a complete meal with minimal hassle for the whole family.

Supervision is required, depending on the age of the child, to make sure there are no accidental burns getting them out of the pie iron.

A ham and cheese sandwich being placed in the pie iron ready to be cooked.

Pie Iron

Ham and Cheese Toastie Recipe
If you are looking for a simple make-it-yourself meal, look no further than this easy ham and cheese toastie sandwich cooked in a pie iron. You can play around with the types…

by Dan Hodgson

4. Chocolate and Cheery Dump Cake

Dump cakes are very popular among American boy and girl scouts as they learn the basic cooking techniques involved in using a dump oven.

Having cooked many of these, for many children, the chocolate cherry combination is by far the most popular. As the name suggests the ingredients are literally dumped into the Dutch oven, so not much skill is needed.

Using a paper liner helps with clean-up. Also, if you have a gluten-free person within the group swap out for a gluten-free packet mix so all can enjoy.

Looking down on a full Dutch oven of cooked chocolate cherry dump cake.

Dutch Oven Dessert

Chocolate and Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
Dump cakes are a very popular and easy dessert to make in a Dutch oven while camping and seem synonymous with American Boy Scouts camp cooking. There is a wide range of…

by Saffron Hodgson

Smore’s are always a favorite around the campfire but kids can be easily bored so why not try different combinations of cookies, chocolate, and marshmallows.

Chocolate chip cookies also are a different idea, see Bush Cooking’s full range of s’mores here.

Two stacks of two vanilla cookie smores.


Vanilla Cookie Smore Recipe
A perfect sweet snack to have by the campfire, these vanilla cookie smores use milk chocolate. They are a small version of the traditional graham cracker smore. The name comes from the…

by Dan Hodgson

6. Corned Beef Stew

Perfect for a family meal, each person can take an element from peeling the vegetables to slicing them. Carrots were a common vegetable we used to teach/learn basic knife skills.

For some reason the method of opening the corned beef can is popular, so make sure everyone is watching otherwise there could be tears. If letting them give it a go make sure you have a pair of pliers around in case the opener breaks (yes, learned this one from experience).

Corned beef stew with chunks of carrot, potato, and onion in a Dutch oven.

Dutch Oven One Pot Meals

Corned Beef Stew Recipe
Corned beef stew is a kickback to the second world war when people lived off of simple rations like tinned corned beef and vegetables they would grow in their own yards. Now…

by Tom Brewer

7. Beef in a Biscuit

Very similar to ‘pigs in a blanket’ this version uses beef rather than pork sausages in a biscuit dough rather than puff pastry. My kids fixed this name, apparently getting things right is important.

Teaching using coals rather than a flame is taught quickly with this recipe. Even if you don’t verbally teach it, a few black outsides and raw dough on the inside will soon work it out.

Cooked on a marshmallow stick it is every person for themself.

Two beef in a blankets on roasting sticks are held in front of a campfire.


Beef in a Biscuit Recipe
Not to be confused with pigs in a blanket, these are beef in a biscuit. They use 100% beef mini sausages wrapped in a basic flour and water biscuit dough. After wrapping,…

by Dan Hodgson

8. Chocolate Orange Cake

Memories of having to make these for lunch on hikes as a girl still fill me with thoughts of the craziness of the adult leaders. Why would you light a fire at lunch just to put it out and continue on your way? And no, they never actually worked out, yum raw cake dough. (Yep – I was that child)

This modernized recipe I created is far more successful and suggests making it at a campsite for a dessert when you have established fire coals and time to let it cook through.

Two hallowed-out oranges filled with chocolate cake mix are resting on a wooden cutting board.


Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe
This is an old camping favorite because it creates no dirty dishes as the cake is cooked in an orange. Chocolate and orange are a natural fit for one another.  Traditionally the…

by Saffron Hodgson

9. Dutch Oven Soda Bread

Bread is a tricky thing to make but when you go old-school back to soda versions rather than yeast or sourdough it becomes so easy a child can make it.

The simple needing process is just like using playdough so can easily be delegated. 

The cooking using charcoal is set by counting the briquettes above and below, counting practice for a real-life need? sounds like an educational moment to me.

Soda Bread in a Dutch oven fully cooked and ready to serve.

Dutch Oven Baking

Dutch Oven Soda Bread Recipe
Soda bread is a quick bread and very popular in historic and modern outdoor cooking. This version is based on the basic traditional Irish recipe. There are considered to be variations across…

by Saffron Hodgson

10. Campfire Pizza Rolls

Every kid loves pizza, so this is an easy-to-make camping version in a roll then cooked in the campfire’s coals.

The photo is of a ‘supreme’ pizza but by working together to lay out a variety of ingredients everyone can build and cook a pizza that they like. Make sure all the ingredients can be eaten raw and it takes the pressure off the cooking process.

Don’t stress about putting the roll in the coals, it actually looks ok. It will burn if you put the pizza roll over a hot flame.

An open-faced pizza roll, with all of the fillings exposed, sits on a piece of foil.


Campfire Pizza Rolls Recipe
Perfect for the whole family these campfire pizza rolls are cooked directly in the coals and are packed with your favorite pizza ingredients. All of the toppings are stuffed in a roll…

by Ash Hodgson

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About Saffron Hodgson

Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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