(Discover the Outdoors)
Written by the Butterflies & Eagles of Troop 159
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Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred *
Otter: Do four requirements including the two starred *
Dolphin: Do five requirements including the two starred *
Butterfly: Do six requirements including the two starred *
Eagle: Do seven requirements including the two starred *
Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Research the history of s'mores. How big was the largest s'more ever created? When is National S'Mores Day?
_____2.* Make basic s'mores (2 graham crackers with a piece of chocolate and a toasted marshmallow between them). Learn and obey the following safety precautions:
- Keep all hair tied back away from the face in a way that will not allow it to accidentally fallÂ into the fire.
- Make sure to wear close fitting clothing with no strings or loose sleeves that may fall into theÂ flame. Always wear closed toes shoes when around a fire.
- Never play near the fire and always be aware of where other people are so that you will notÂ accidentally knock them into the fire.
- Always move slowly when around fire.
- Never put anything into or onto the fire without an adult's permission.
- Always have at least one large bucket of water or sand near every fire. Know what types ofÂ fires can be put out with water, and which need sand.
- Never put a marshmallow or other food directly into the flames. Always cook your food overÂ coals. If your food does catch fire, do not remove it, but ask for an adult's help. ManyÂ children are burned each year by panicking and flinging a burning marshmallow off their stickÂ onto themselves or another person. Older girls (Dolphins and above should be able to SLOWLY remove their marshmallow from the fire and blow it out gently facing away from others).
- To remove your cooked marshmallow safely off the stick and complete your s'more:Â 1. Place a square of chocolate on a square of graham cracker.Â 2. Place the cooked marshmallow (still attached to the stick) on the chocolate.Â 3. Cover with the second square of graham cracker and pinch down while gently pulling the marshmallow off the stick.
- The end of the stick will still be hot and can burn someone, so either carefully pass it to the next person, or extinguish it in a pail of water.
_____3. Create at least 3 different versions of s'mores by trying different cookies (chocolate chip, Oreos, etc), different candy bars (Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, KitKat, etc) or other foods that melt such as caramel or white chocolate. Which do you like better, one of your creations or the original s'mores recipe?
_____ 4. Make s'more kabobs.
- Ingredients: Marshmallows, bamboo skewers, high-quality chocolate bar, melted, and graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
- Skewer a marshmallow on a stick, dip in melted chocolate, then roll in the graham crumbs to cover completely and chill to set.
_____5. Research a country and a dessert it is famous for (for example, Germany's Black Forest Cake, Italy's Tiramisu, etc). Design a s'more that duplicates the dessert.Â Make your s'more recipe for your troop, family or friends.
_____6. Make a recipe that tastes like s'mores, such as a s'mores dip or party mix.
_____7. Sometimes you may not be able to cook over an open fire. Think of other ways you could cook your s'mores such as using a microwave or in tin foil on a BBQ.Â Try one and compare to campfire s'mores. Which do you like better and why?
_____8. Create a cookbook for your troop of all the s'mores recipes you've tried.
_____9.Â Create and make at least 3 "gourmet" s'mores that add special ingredients to a basic s'more, such as the PB & Banana S'mores below.
- Smear 1 graham cracker with peanut butter. Place the chocolate square on top. Add banana slices & toasted marshmallow. Top with remaining graham cracker.
_____10. Go on a s'more scavenger hunt. Visit a grocery store and see how many s'more flavored items you can find (possibilities include things like cereal, granola bars, ice cream and much more). Which use real chocolate and marshmallows and which use things like chocolate flavoring or marshmallow cream? What other products make use of America's love of s'mores? (Christmas ornaments, t-shirts, etc). How many different items can you find?
_____11. Participate in a community service project that involves s'mores in some way. You might hold a bake sale of s'more items to raise money for charity, or host a s'mores night for families at your church.
_____12. Discuss what careers might involve s'mores and learn more about one. Ideas might include a pastry chef or baker, an artist who might draw s'mores for clipart or other commercial uses, a Christmas ornament designer, etc.
_____13. Host a s'mores celebration for National S'Mores Day (or a day of your choice). Ideas might include:
- Guess How Many? - Fill a jar with mini marshmallows and have kids guess how many there are.
- Marshmallow Relay - Have kids place a marshmallow on a spoon and race down a field and back again before passing the spoon to the next player.Â If the marshmallow falls off, that player must start over.
- Marshmallow toss - Place cups at a certain distance and see who can toss the most marshmallows into their cup.
- Build Marshmallow Creations - using mini marshmallows and toothpicks let the kids create bridges, building, animals, etc.
- Make a s'mores theme craft
- And of couse, eat s'mores!
_____14. Make s'mores with different kinds of chocolate, such as dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate, etc. You can even use a chocolate bar with filling, such as caramel filling or peanut butter filling. Use as many different kinds of chocolate as you can. Which type of s'more is your favorite? Do they melt differently depending on whether they have a filling or not?