Polar Bear Food Planning

For this weekend’s Superhero Polar Bear Camp, each scout is responsible for bringing his own food for the weekend. Food will be needed for one lunch, one dinner, and one breakfast, along with some snack food. Hot water will be available for every meal, along with a cooking fire for dinner. With this being a cold-weather camp, it is a good idea to incorporate some sort of hot food or drink with each meal. Here are some examples of food that will work well for this camp:



-Dehydrated “Cup” Soups (Ramen, etc.)

-Dehydrated Meal (Mountain House, Backpacker’s Pantry; available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart).

-Sandwich (deli meat, PB&J, etc.)

-Beef Stick or Sliced Salami, Sliced Cheese, and Crackers

-Fruit (apple, banana, etc.)

-Hot Chocolate and/or Hot Cider



-Dehydrated Meal

-Foil Dinner: typically meat (hamburger, kielbasa), potatoes, and other vegetables (carrots, onions) combined in a folded up foil packet. The foil packet is placed on the coals of a fire, for usually 10-15 minutes per side. It helps to pre-cook the meat, and the vegetables should be pre-sliced. There are great resources available online that show how to best prepare and fold a foil dinner.

-Hot Dogs (can be cooked over the fire)

-Hot Chocolate and/or Hot Cider




-Dehydrated Meals

-Granola Bar or Energy Bar (i.e. CLIF Bar)

-Pop Tarts

-Hot Chocolate and/or Hot Cider


Snacks (to be eaten on their own, or with a meal):

-Trail Mix: When making your trail mix, put in food that you like, but make sure to not go too crazy on the sugary stuff. Include some nuts, seeds, and grains, along with the chocolate/candy. Dried cereal (like cheerios or chex) is good too, as are things like pretzel sticks and granola. Be creative!

-Beef Jerky


-Fruit Snacks

-Granola or Energy/Protein Bars


Please try to limit the amount of candy/sweets, as they won’t provide the nutritional value needed for a cold-weather camp. However, something like a candy bar or cookies is a good snack to eat before bed, as it will give your body something to digest during sleep (helping to keep your body warm). Beef Jerky is a good pre-bed snack as well.


The food should be packed in ziploc bags, arranged by meal. In addition to the food, each scout will need to bring the necessary utensils, bowl, and cup. These should also be brought in a ziploc bag, so that there is some place to store them while not in use, while also providing something to bring them home in (so they won’t get your other gear dirty). And please make sure they are labeled with your name.

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