Menus and recipes for the May campout
Hi Scouts! (and Scouters) -- I hope everyone enjoyed sampling the backpacking food items we prepared at the troop meeting last week.
I got to chat with some of you guys, but I would really like to hear what you liked -- and what you perhaps did not care for. I am including here a sample backpacking menu for the overnight. I am also including the recipes for Backpacker's Chili and for Chicken Couscous. I am also including recipes for the Meatless Mincemeat, and a Rice with Chicken and Cranberries dinner I've used before.
At the troop meeting tonight we will be planning menus for the May campout to Yellow River SF. Those who will be backpacking will be forming into separate patrols for menu planning. If you liked any of the dishes we prepared last week, I encourage you to use them on the May outing.
Backpacker’s Chili for 6
Rice with Chicken and Cranberries
Meatless Mincemeat
Couscous, Veggies and Chicken
All of the food we presented last week can be purchased at Hy-Vee -- at least at the Collins Rd. store. Some of it is in the health foods and bulk foods section. Mrs. K and I realize that some of these things may be unfamiliar to you, and are offering to help you out. If you would like, we will prepare the mix for any of the three supper's listed on the sample menu for your patrol -- for $2 per person. If you would like tabouleh and pitas for lunch, we will prepare that mix for $.50 per person (pitas are on your own). Or, we would be happy to arrange a time to go grocery shopping with you on Tuesday the week before the campout. Let us know.
Mr. K
May outing -- who's backpacking, suggested gear list

Troop 560 Scout, Parents, Leaders --
Our May campout to Yellow River State Forest is an ideal time to try backpacking if you have never done so before. With over 25 miles of trails, up and down through wooded hills, beside streams, through open meadows, with several gorgeous overlooks from the top of 350-foot bluffs -- you won't believe you are in Iowa. Yet, even with several secluded backcountry campsites (in which we will be staying Saturday night), one is not more than a 30 minute walk from car or campground if help were to be needed. In fact, the whole troop plans to gather at the backcountry site for campfire on Saturday night -- being able to drive to within a 10-minute walk.
The opportunity to try backpacking and backcountry camping is being offered to all Scouts who have been a Boy Scout for at least one year. If you would like to try backpacking, but do not have a suitable backpack, that is OK. There are a number of T560 leaders who have extra backpacks which they are willing to lend to you on your promise as a Scout to take care of it and return it in good condition. The attached list is who has told me to date that they would like to backpack, and whether or not they need to borrow a backpack.
If you have not already done so, PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY MONDAY APRIL 27 if you plan to go backpacking on the May outing, and whether or not you need to borrow a backpack.
I also understand that many of you have questions about other gear suitable for backpacking. The other week I presented, with help from Vanna, Vanna, and anti-Vanna (D, K, and B) what type of gear to bring and pack for an overnight backcountry outing in Iowa in May. The gear list I handed out is attached.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with further questions regarding the gear that you have, and whether or not we think it will work for an overnight backpacking trip. I know that some of you have already asked about sleeping bags. The best thing to do is to bring the bag to a troop meeting, and we'll evaluate it together for warmth, volume, packability, etc. The same holds for other gear -- boots, clothes, rain gear, etc.
If you have 2-person or 3-person backpacking tent which you would like to use, please let me know. And bring it to the April 27 troop meeting for evaluation. We can always use the troop green Eureka tents, but this is an opportunity to try other smaller, lighter tetns you might have which are designed specifically for a back-country camp adventure.
IF YOU HAVE AN EXTRA BACKPACK (or two), which you would be willing to lend to a Scout (or Scouter), please bring it to the troop meeting on April 27 (or drop it off at my house before then). Thank you in advance.
At the troop meeting on May 2 we would like to do a gear shakedown -- bring what you plan to take on the backpacking overnight, packed in your pack, including the clothes you intend to wear in the trail. This won't be everything that you will be carrying -- food, patrol gear, crew gear -- will be distributed on Saturday morning of the outing.
Ah, I get excited just thinking about stepping off on the trail, disappearing into the woods. Will you join me?
Mr. “Why Hike Around It When I Can Hike Over It” K
Click here for personal backpack gear list - spring practice outing