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Camping Tips & Tricks:
Menus, Recipes & Shopping Lists


Menu 1: Super Easy

Cooking notes listed below. Recipes are available for highlighted dishes. You can also check out all of our recipes on our Recipe Page. Have a favorite? Send us yours!
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Friday Night

Don't plan on cooking dinner in camp if you're arriving in the evening. To make it easy, bring food you can eat in the car or at camp without cooking. Or, grab some pizza or deli sandwiches on the road.


Cereal, milk, blueberries, hot cocoa, tea or coffee, juice


Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, string cheese, apples, granola bars, grapes


Chicken & veggie kabobs, mac & cheese, grilled corn on the cob, S'mores for desert


Instant oatmeal, yogurt, hot cocoa, tea or coffee, juice


Grab some Vermont food at a deli or restaurant near the park - our staff can make recommendations for you or, use leftovers from Saturday's lunch.

You can make meals even easier by planning a breakfast or lunch at a local restaurant. Ask the park staff for recommendations.

Shopping List:

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Cold food:

____ apples
____ grapes
____ corn on the cob
____ grape tomatoes
____ green/yellow squash
____ blueberries
____ chicken breast
____ string cheese
____ milk
____ butter
____ ice

Dry goods:

____ mac & cheese (boxed)
____ juice boxes
____ coffee, tea, cocoa
____ instant oatmeal
____ cereal
____ granola bars
____ graham crackers
____ marshmallows
____ peanut butter
____ jelly
____ chocolate
____ Italian salad dressing
____ salt & pepper
____ olive oil

Camp needs:

____ heavy duty foil
____ paper towels
____ dish soap & scrubber
____ paper napkins
____ shish kabob skewers
____ zipper bags
____ charcoal
____ matches


Cooking Notes:

This menu is so easy, no recipes are required. One note: Use the italian dressing as a marinade for kabob chicken.

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