You will need
- Wooden spoons
- Chopping boards
- Ingredients (see recipe card)
Before you begin
- Find a suitable place for your fire, for example, a local campsite or outdoor space around your meeting place. Remember to get the landowner’s permission if needed.
- Complete a risk assessment, and read (or reread) the 'Safe and hygienic cooking' guidance below.
- Check in advance whether anyone has allergies or dietary requirements so you can buy substitute ingredients.
- You will need helpers to assist the groups, but encourage young people to take charge of some tasks.
Cook campfire crisp
- Everyone should get involved in building and lighting a fire, or separate into smaller groups and build multiple smaller fires, one for each group. If there’s not enough time to light the fire and let it die down to embers, the person leading the activity could build the fires before everyone else arrives.
- Everyone should wash their hands.
- The group should separate into small groups if they haven’t already – each will work together to make the apple crisp.
- Everyone should remember essential safety and hygiene tips, checking everyone has washed their hands and that their area and equipment are clean.
- Each group should have copy of the recipe card and all their ingredients.
- Following their recipe card, everyone should prepare their crumble.
- Once they’ve finished eating, groups should clean, wash up, and put away all their equipment and ingredients.
- The person leading the activity should make sure the fires are safely extinguished and everyone should make sure they leave no trace outdoors.
This activity helped the group value the outdoors and experience the differences between cooking inside in a kitchen and outside, using a fire. Did they enjoy cooking and eating outside? Did it have any extra challenges? Everyone should think about any changes they’d make to the recipe next time, such as adding different fruits, using smaller or larger chunks of apple, or eating it with custard or ice cream. Part of the fun of campfire cooking is eating outdoors, the group should stop and think about the unique sights, sounds and smells.
Everyone had to be a team player, so they should consider how well they worked with other people to make the campfire crisp. Were the tasks divided up or did they try every step of the recipe? How did they make sure everyone got involved? Did one person in each group lead or several people?
- Fires and stoves
Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.
Check for allergies before you begin. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.
Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.