15 Camping Meals For Kids


While camping is one of the most ideal ways to spend time together as a family, camping with kids is not that easy. If you throw outdoor cooking into the mix, things can get even more challenging considering that you won’t have the convenience offered by your home.

However, having a plethora of mouths to feed does not necessarily mean that you can’t have a nice time in the wilderness. In this article, we will focus on showing you how to prepare camping meals for kids. Armed with simple camp kitchen essentials, preparing the camping food for kids listed in this guide should be easy for you.

Breakfast Camping Meals for Kids

After spending a whole night in the camping tent, your kids will probably be very hungry in the morning. Armed with camping cookware sets and these easy to make breakfast camping meals for kids, you should be able to keep the hunger pangs at bay:

1. Instant Oatmeal

While it may not be the favorite camping food for kids, it is one of the easiest breakfast options. You can have it ready in just a couple of minutes.

You Will Need:

  • ½ cup of rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of dried milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite add-ons – you can use raisins, bananas, dried apricots, cranberry, etc.
  • Ziplock bags

How to:

In the zip lock bag, add your oats, dried milk powder, salt, sugar, and chia seeds.

Make a combination of your favorite add-ons – you can use blueberry almond, cashew dates, ginger apple, and more.

To cook, empty the pouch contents into a cooking container and then add ¾ cup of water.

Place the container on your camping stove and allow the meal to cook for about 2.

2. Pancakes

It is hard to believe that you can prepare pancakes while camping. With a little preparation, however, your kids can enjoy some tasty pancakes after a night on their camping sleeping bags.

You Will Need:

  • 500 to 600 ml of water
  • 1 cup of fresh berries
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 200 grams of flour
  • A teaspoon of butter or oil

How to:

Prepare the dry pancake mix while at home – weigh your flour, baking powder, sugar, milk powder, salt, and cinnamon powder and put these in a glass jar.

When you need to make the pancakes, add water and eggs to the raw mix in step 1. Mix properly.

On a non-stick frying skillet, add a teaspoon of butter or oil.

Pour the pancake batter into your skillet and then cook it until it turns brown.

3. Apple Bites

Perhaps the most fulfilling and healthiest breakfast option when you are out camping, apple bites are made from yummy peanut butter, nuts, and fresh fruits.

You Will Need:

  • ¼ cup of chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • Peanut butter
  • 2 to 3 apples

How to:

Slice your apples into thin rings. Remove the core.

Arrange your slices on a tray or plate and coat their top with peanut butter.

Crumble or chop your nuts and then mix them in a bowl.

Sprinkle your mixed nuts on your peanut-buttered apple slices.

Serve this breakfast camping food for kids.

4. Brown Bears

If you are looking for a favorite breakfast campfire recipe for the kids, brown bears should work for you.

You Will Need:

  • 3 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
  • 2/3 cups of white sugar
  • 1/3 cup of butter, melted
  • 1 pack of frozen biscuit dough, easy split

How to:

In your bowl, combine ground cinnamon and sugar.

In a different bowl, separate the biscuits and melt the butter.

Stretch each piece of your biscuit dough into a long strip.

Wrap each biscuit strip around the end of a clean campfire stick.

Hold each stick over the campfire for 8 to 10 minutes. Once the stick turns brown, roll the biscuits in the sugar and cinnamon mix.

Eat while warm.

Lunch and Dinner Camping Food for Kids

Cooking real food in the wilderness is possible. The recipes below will prove this to you:

5. Ham, Egg, & Cheese Bread Bowls

In addition to being easy to prepare, this recipe will leave you with no dishes to clean.

You Will Need:

  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 4 bread rolls

How to:

Cut the tops of the bread rolls to get 1 thick cup-like slice and a thinner slice you can use as a lid.

Scoop the bread roll center to turn it into a bread bowl.

Place the ham slice at the bottom of your bread bowl.

Crack your egg on top of the ham.

Add 2 tablespoons of the mozzarella cheese on top of your egg and place your top slice back.

Wrap them in an aluminum foil and placed them on your portable grill over some hot coal. Cook for about 25 minutes.

6. Smoked Tofu & Vegetable Skewers

If your kids are into vegetarian camping food, this recipe should be ideal for you. In addition to being easy to make, it is both tasty and crispy.

You Will Need:

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 small zucchinis
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1-pound baby mushrooms
  • 1 pack smoked tofu

How to:

Dice your tofu uniformly.

Chop your vegetables into equal sizes and then skewer them.

Spray your veggies with cooking oil lightly.

Place a camping grill over hot coal and place your skewers on it. Grill each side for 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove tofu & vegetables from skewers and serve them hot.

7. Spider Hot Dogs

These are basically hot dogs split into different layers. Easy to cook on the grill and tasty – this is one of the most ideal camping meals for kids.

You Will Need

  • 8 to 10 hot dogs

How to:

Slit the ends of every hot dog into 4 parts, up to a quarter in length. Leave at least 1.5 to 3 inches in the center for sticking the fork.

Cook over the grill for as long as necessary.

8. Impossible quiche


The impossible quiche will only be impossible if you do not have the recipe. Below, we have the recipe for you.

You Will Need:

  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup Bisquick
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 cups of milk
  • ½ pound cooked sausage (chopped)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 eggs

How to:

Prepare the quiche at home by blending Butter, pepper, salt, milk, and Bisquick. Place it in a sealable bag.

At the campsite, add the eggs and chopped onions to the Bisquick mix.

Heat a camping Dutch oven. Add a little oil inside and then pour the egg mixture as you would for a pancake.

Top with cheese and chopped sausage.

Let it cook for 20 minutes and then serve hot.

9. Campfire Mac and Cheese

Most kids do love to eat mac and cheese at any time. Below, we will show you how to make this over a campfire.

You Will Need:

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 pack elbow macaroni

How to:

Cook pasta in a bowl of water and allow it to cool.

Stir in your cream, add cheese and butter to it.

Stir in the pepper and salt.

Prepare foil packs with cooking spray and then pour your prepared pasta into them.

Spray a different sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and use it to cover the foil packs with your pasta. You can freeze the pasta packs before going to your camp.

Cook over hot coals for 10 to 12 minutes.

10. Campfire Potatoes

These potatoes will need very little work and feature no mess. They are ideal for every camping parent.

You Will Need:

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 lbs. new red potatoes

How to:

Using a camping knife or a sharp pocket knife, slice the potatoes into 0.125- to 0.25-inch slices.

Place the slices on a piece of aluminum foil large enough to fold over and roll up on the edges.

Top with butter, garlic, Worchestershire, and cayenne pepper.

Fold the packet over and close by rolling the edges.

Leave on the grill for 30 minutes.

11. Grilled Corn

Packed with flavors, this is one of the tastiest foods you can prepare when exploring the wilderness with your kids.

You Will Need:

  • Foil
  • Garlic salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Ice
  • Corn on cob

How to:

Remove husks from the corn and then place each cob on a sheet foil. Sprinkle the seasoning and ensure the corn is perfectly coated.

Add butter to the corn and place a couple of ice cubes next to your corn. Fold the foil around the corn and ensure it is sealed tightly. The ice cubes create the steam that cooks your corn.

Place the foil-wrapped corn on the grill and cook for half an hour.

Remove from the grill and allow it to cool a little bit. Next, place the corn directly on the grill for a few additional minutes. Once you have char marks, serve the corn.

12. Grilled Foil-Pack Cheesy Fries

With the right instructions, cheesy fries on a grill can be possible. Below, we will help you make the tastiest foil-pack fries for your kids.

You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of cooked real bacon bits
  • 2 tablespoons of sliced green onions
  • 4 slices of American cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (melted)
  • 1 bag (about 14 oz) of organic frozen, crinkle-cut French fries

How to:

Heat your charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Toss in the frozen French fries with melted butter.

Make 2 aluminum foil boats and place half of the fries in a single layer in the center of every piece of the foil boat.

Place the foil boats over indirect heat on the grill. Cover your grill and cook for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring once.

Top each packet with 2 cheese slices and cook for approximately 2 minutes longer.

Sprinkle with bacon bits and green onions before serving.

Camping Desserts for Kids

When you are out camping, desserts needn’t mean gummy bears and fruits. You can make deliciously sweet camping desserts for your kids on hot coals.

13. S’mores banana boat

If you have less than 20 minutes to spare, this dessert should be ideal for you. It will take less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook.

You Will Need

  • ½ cup of cereal of your choice
  • ½ cup of mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup of chocolate chips
  • 4 bananas

How to:

Cut an aluminum foil into 4 sheets (each about 12 inches).

Using your pocket knife, slit your bananas lengthwise, along the curve. Open the slit to create a pocket.

Fill the gap between the slits in every banana with 2 tablespoons each of the chocolate chips, cereal, and marshmallows.

Wrap your banana in an aluminum foil and then seal it at the top. Start a campfire and cook for 8 – 10 minutes using tongs.

Remove from the coals, peel the bananas, and enjoy your treat.

14. Peanuts and Almond Cluster Agave Snack Bar

You can make this snack at home and then carry it on your camping trip. Filled with nuts, this dessert will double-up as an ideal energy bar for the kids.

You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of brown rice syrup
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • ½ cup of shelled sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup of peanuts
  • ½ cup of almonds
  • ½ cup of cashews

How to:

Combine all the seeds and nuts in a bowl.

Mix brown rice syrup and honey and then pour the mixture over your nuts. Mix well.

Place the parchment sheet on a pan or baking tray and then pour the honey-nut mixture on it.

Bake for twenty minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Allow it to cool and leave it on the counter overnight – this will let it harden and stick together.

15. Camp Pie

Making a pie while camping should not be as complicated as it appears to be. Below, we will show you how to make a hobo pie with some fresh bread slices, instead of using the fresh dough.

You Will Need:

  • 3 tablespoons of apple pie filling
  • 1 tablespoon of softened butter
  • 2 slices of bread

How to:

Spray the inside of your hobo pie iron with cooking spray.

Place the slice of bread in it and spread your apple pie filling over it.

Butter another bread slice and then place it on top of your apple pie filling.

Close the pie toaster and cook for 4 minutes over a hot campfire.

Serve warm.

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While these camping meals for kids are easy to try and make, some may need a little bit of preparation. If you are up for the preparation, however, nothing should stop you from having a feast on top of a mountain or in the middle of the forest with your kids.

Irrespective of the camping food for kids you decide to prepare, avoid littering. Always observe the no trace principles.

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