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Menu 2: Classic

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.


Scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, bagels, juice, hot cocoa, coffee or tea


Apples, cheddar cheese, crackers, Ants on a Log, baby carrots, leftover bagels, cookies


Hamburgers, baked potatoes, beans, corn on the cob, watermelon; S'mores for desert


Cereal, milk, strawberries, juice, yogurt, hot cocoa, coffee or tea


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
____ strawberries
____ corn on the cob
____ cheddar cheese
____ celery
____ baby carrots
____ watermelon
____ baking potatoes
____ eggs
____ sliced cheese
____ bacon
____ hamburger
____ milk
____ yogurt
____ butter
____ ice

Dry goods:

____ bagels
____ hamburger buns
____ crackers
____ graham crackers
____ cereal
____ granola bars
____ cookies
____ peanut butter
____ marshmallows
____ raisins
____ canned beans
____ chocolate
____ coffee, tea, cocoa
____ ketchup
____ mustard
____ salt & pepper
____ olive oil

Camp needs:

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


Cooking Notes:

You are probably familiar with most dishes on this list. Here are just a couple of notes:

Ants on a Log: Put peanut butter on a celery stick (the log) then add raisins on top of the peanut butter (the ants).

Baked potatoes: Pre-bake potatoes at home and keep in foil. They will heat quickly for breakfast and dinner.

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More Camping Tips & Tricks:

These fun videos walk you through some important camping skills
Weekend Itineraries
Wondering where to go and what to do? These sample itineraries figure it all out for you
Checklists & Instruction Sheets
What to pack, first aid kits, cooking tips, pets, rain and more!
Menus & Recipes
Seven camp-tested menus with recipes and shopping lists for any appetite
Fun Activities
Here we give you some ideas of fun things to do on your next camping trip
iPhone & Android Apps
Download one of our free smart phone apps to find parks for the activities you want to do
Park Events
All summer you can attend free concerts, nature and interpretive programs in the parks, see our schedule.


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