10 Family Camping Activities


Make S'mores

Try some new twists on that old favorite, s'mores.
Try some new twists on that old favorite, s'mores.

Since the first published recipe for s'mores appeared in the 1927 Girl Scout handbook, these sticky treats have become a mainstay of campfire menus. S'mores -- fire-roasted marshmallows and chocolate bars sandwiched between graham cracker squares -- are a classic, so be sure to pack supplies for your camping trip.

Children will like being able to toast their own marshmallows on sticks (young children still need supervision so a flaming marshmallow doesn't become a flying missile). And, they'll especially like to create their own variations. For a twist, try adding a smattering of peanut butter to the graham crackers before adding a marshmallow and the chocolate squares. Or, swap the milk chocolate candy bar for chocolate-covered mint patties. A simpler (and sometimes less expensive) alternative is to use chocolate-covered cookies in place of the graham crackers and candy bars.

Regardless of the recipe your children come up with, one thing's for sure: Making s'mores is as much fun as eating them.