How to make new friends at Summer Camp? Host a Luau!

​How to make new friends at Summer Camp? Host a Luau!

Scouts BSA Troop 5509 from Ham Lake, MN, headed to their first summer camp this year, and one of their goals, besides trying new things, was to meet other troops for girls. They also wanted to plan a fun event mid-week to raise the spirits of any of the Scouts in the troop who might be a bit homesick. So, with the help of the adult leaders, they put both of these ideas together and planned a luau!

The Scouts and leaders invited the other three troops for girls and then spent Wednesday afternoon and early evening decorating Pontiac Campsite, prepping food, and getting decked out in Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts. The menu included grilled fruit kebabs, Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake, oysters, Spam (not sure anyone ate that), and Hawaiian Punch. The hostesses greeted their guests at 8:30 PM and offered them leis and grass skirts while tropical music played in the background. The food was great and some Scouts tried oysters for the first time – some liked it and some made great faces as they tried to choke them down.  

All had a great time trying new foods and making new friends, including the adult leaders and a few staff who stopped by. AND the Scouts doing their Wilderness Survival Merit Badge overnight just might have had a chance to sample some treats, too! All in all, the event was a success and the troops that attended are already planning their own parties for next year!

Summer camp = new friends and new traditions!


Fruit Kebabs –

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe


1 yellow cake mix

-plus all the ingredients required for cake; example eggs, oil, etc.

 1 can of sliced pineapple

1 small jar of maraschino cherries

½ stick of butter

1 -1/12 cup brown sugar

 Make cake mix according to directions on box, but use pineapple juice from can instead of water.

Use a parchment paper Dutch oven liner and place in bottom of Dutch oven

Melt butter and cover top of liner, then sprinkle in brown sugar

Place pineapple slices around bottom of Dutch oven on top of the butter and brown sugar.  Place one maraschino cherry in each pineapple slice.  Pour cake batter onto top of everything. 

 Bake per direction of box typically 375-400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Place proper amount of charcoal briquets for Dutch oven size and temperature, charts can be found online.  Top should be golden brown, and center should be cooked.  Use knife or toothpick to check.  Let cool 15-20 minutes.  Pull cake out using liner and flip onto another liner or large cutting board.

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How to make new friends at Summer Camp? Host a Luau!