|National Peach Pie Day||National Waffle Day|
|National Kiss and Make Up Day||National Secondhand Wardrobe Day||National Banana Split Day|
|National Dog Day||National Women’s Equality Day||National Cherry Popsicle Day|
|National Just Because Day||National Pots De Creme Day|
|National Cherry Turnovers Day||National College Colors Day – First Friday of College School Year?|
|National Chop Suey Day|
|National Toasted Marshmallow Day|
|National Trail Mix Day|
I don’t know about you, but this calendar suggests a lot of activity, some of which your could or maybe should do with your pack or den.
Monday I had my waffle and the pie crust is ready for filling—Cub Scouts would love making or eating both. Tuesday, I guess Cub Scouts who didn’t live the Scout Law could make up with someone, but they could make up through service; I have a case of clothes to give to our second hand store and the bananas are on the counter. You bring the ice cream and we’ll split together, just after we drop off those clothes.
For Wednesday, come on over to my place, I own two dogs that boys, especially of Scout age, love. They will just be bathed (you know National Dog Day=a bath if needed or not), ready to hug and pet. And for Women’s equality, I could use some help calling lady Scouters to invite them to attend our upcoming Wood Badge course. You bring the boys and help make the calls, I’ve already got the cherry popsicles in the freezer.
For Thursday, I have my “just because” in place and your Cubs will love doing something different, out of the ordinary, something they don’t have to do, but want to. Then tell everyone about it at #NationalJustBecauseDay to post on social media. And guess what, today I learned how to make Pots de Creme, just because (BTW, they are custard in porcelain cups, but mine are glass [does that still count? not sure]).
There are cherry turnovers waiting my grocery store for a den tour on Thursday and at that store you can pick a shopping bag to show your college colors.
Okay, you’re camping this weekend and need a new Dutch-oven recipe for your Scouts; yeah I found American Chop Suey at Scoutorama.com, but I was looking for something more Asian. If any of you have ideas or success this weekend please share them in the comments section below)
Finally I am to Sunday and the reason for this blog post: Sunday is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. To get ready, you could play Snoopy’s Marshmallow Roast or teach this new campfire song to your Cub Scouts or family ahead of time (since it’s not too appropriate for Sunday).
You sing it to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” (thanks to Richard Bourlon, National Council Team Lead, Environment, Health and Safety):
I was sittin’ by the campfire with some real good friends of mine.
We were singin’ lots of silly songs and wastin’ lots of time.
We started getting hungry, but how were we to know
‘bout the flaming marshmallow?
Sweet and yummy sticky danger
Flicked upon a passing stranger
He panicked and he stumbled and fell upon his knees
then crashed into a tree.
The faster that he did run, the faster the flames grew
The whole forest was on fire before we even knew.
His buddies tried to put him out
They tried without a doubt but soon we all freaked out.
Sweet and yummy sticky trouble.
Better get out on the double.
The raccoons they were runnin’ as fast as they could go
from the Flaming Marshmallow.
We scrambled through the forest over hill and over Dale (poor Dale!)
We thought for sure “We’re goners!” won’t live to tell the tale. (we’re dead!)
Then all at once the Boy Scouts came with everything they know
To stop the Flaming Marshmallow (we’re saved!)
They carried in some water with the buckets they had made
They put out all the fires and provided us first aid.
Don’t know how we‘d have made it out
Without those prepared Scouts
They saved us there’s no doubt!
Sweet and yummy safety error
Can result in hazards, pain and terror
That’s how it ended, that’s all there is to know
‘bout the Flaming Marshmallow
The US Forest Service suggests:
Some wonderful memories are born around a fire ring. But whether you are camping, “glamping” or sitting with friends and family in your backyard, waning evenings typically include one campfire staple: marshmallows.
So, on the eve of National Roasted Marshmallow Day (Aug. 30), we pay tribute to the sweet ingredient that makes any form of outdoor gathering, well, sweeter.
For some, the best use of marshmallows is as the gooey main ingredient of s’mores. Take a graham cracker, place a section of chocolate on it, and then carefully place a freshly roasted marshmallow on top of the candy bar. Top the marshmallow off with another graham cracker, carefully squeezing the campfire dessert sandwich together as the hot marshmallow melts the chocolate.
According to the National Confectioners Association, the history of s’mores is anyone’s guess. However, the s’more recipe is first found in the 1927 Girl Scouts Handbook and some people speculate the organization coined the name.
But as many national forests and grasslands visitors know, there is more than one way to roast a marshmallow.
First, let’s talk safety. Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place. The restrictions are put in place for your safety and for the safety of others. If campfires are allowed, use an existing fire ring or pit. Be sure you are at least 15 feet from tent walls, trees or other flammable objects.
Most importantly, ensure you work closely with children and talk to them about fire danger, proper behavior and rules – then expect nothing less. No one knows how many children are burned in campfire incidents; however, you don’t need statistics to know precaution is a key to great camping experiences. Some experts advocate a 10-foot rule between young children and a campfire. For more information about campfire safety, let Smokey Bear guide you.
Now, let’s get to the marshmallow basics. Use a roasting stick of at least 30 inches in length. The degree a marshmallow is roasted runs the gamut, from the barely cooked, light caramel-colored outer layer to the flaming marshmallow that contains a gooey interior wrapped by a crispy, blackened shell. From there, most people graduate to s’mores and rarely move on.
But there are some innovative ways to roast the little white treats that can help cut down on the amount of sugar intake by the kids, thus making bedtime a little more doable.
Even if the kids – including us older ones – insist on more traditional s’mores, there are some healthy tricks. Grill thin slices of pineapple and substitute chocolate for the sweet, warm fruit. You will still get a tasty treat but by substituting with fruit, it is healthier – as long as you watch the amount of marshmallows used. If you want to cut down even more on calories, try using slices of angel food cake instead of graham crackers.
You can also get a little inventive and move away from s’mores.
Grab a small bag of chocolate or peanut butter chips – or a combination of the two. Take a banana and slice one side open, exposing the fruit but leaving the peel intact. Slice the banana, add a few chocolate chips then top with tiny marshmallows. Or substitute the chips for blueberries from the local farmer’s market. Place the banana in aluminum foil and wrap tightly. Place the foil-wrapped fruit next to but not on the flames. Wait five to 10 minutes or enough time for the chips and marshmallows to melt. Open and enjoy with a spoon.
Another way to limit the amount of marshmallows used is to substitute them with marshmallow crème, a spreadable version of marshmallows that helps you more easily regulate portion. For healthier treats, use large strawberries, apple slices, banana chucks, pineapple or other fruit. Put a piece of fruit on a roasting stick, dip quickly in the crème and roast over indirect heat until a delicious golden brown. You’re still having campfire fun, but the focus is on a healthier evening snack.
There are many ways to make the end of your camping day a memorable time with snacks.