There’s a Place for You in Engineering!

This lovely crest has been developed by Engineers Canada as part of their Engaging Girls program.  Their website reads:

Engineers Canada has developed and released a Girl Guides crest, to be presented to Girl Guides who complete engineering-related activities under the supervision of a professional engineer or an engineer-in-training. These activities—such as those that present an understanding of how vehicles work, the concept of simple machines, how lipstick is made, to name just a few—expose young girls to the engineering that can be found in everyday life and give them an understanding of how the world around them works.

Anyone interested in using the crest can contact Engineers Canada to confirm conditions of use and order required quantities.

If you have an engineer coming into your meeting to do a presentation to the girls, you may want to inquire about the crest.  Contact information in on the Engaging Girls page.

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More Alternatives to S’mores

As I said in my 2015 post No S’mores Tonight,”there is nothing wrong with a s’more at campfire”. But here are even more alternatives to s’mores if you want to expand your camping desert menu

Lemon Meringue “Pie”

Two slices of white bread with lemon pie filling and marshmallows toasted over the fire in a pie iron.

Pita Pie

Half a pita with a pie filling such as apple, blueberry or cherry spread inside.  Wrap in foil and toast over the fire.  After you remove it, add wiped cream before eating.

Chipmunks

Two 2-bite brownies with a mint patty in between.  Wrap in foil and warm though on the coals.

Orange Cupcakes

Cut the end off an orange and scoop out the insides so that the skin is a cup.  Fill the cup with prepared cake mix (or muffin mix) and cook above the fire or in a reflector oven.

Campfire Ice Cream Cones

Much like a banana boat, take an ice cream cone and fill it with your choice of marshmallows, bananas, strawberries and/or chocolate chips.  Wrap in foil and cook over the coals.

or if you can’t build a fire you could try…

Individual Chocolate Fondue

Make a mini tin can stove out of a soup can by cutting off both the top and the bottom and cutting some air holes in the sides.  Place a tea light candle under the can and a foil tart tin over the top of the can.  Then melt some chocolate chips in the tart tin.  Dip piece of fruit or small cookies in the chocolate.

 

Boiling Water Competition

Materials:

  • A large safe site for several small fires and fire equipment such as a water pail
  • Fire wood, mostly tinder and kindling
  • Matches
  • a tin can per team filled with water
  • dish soap

While you wouldn’t want to drink water with dish soap in it, a drop of dish soap can be an effective way to figure out who boiled water the fastest.  The soap will bubble up with the water is boiling clearly demonstrating the wining team.  Be sure to review safe fire lighting techniques and make sure all the girls have their hair tied back and are wearing appropriate clothing.

 

Ice Candles

Candles are fun to make but can take a lot of wax.  This is a method of making really neat looking candles that doesn’t take as much wax.

Materials:

  • wax paper cups
  • wick
  • tape
  • pencil or Popsicle stick
  • crushed ice
  • paraffin wax
  • wax dye or old crayons (optional)

Method:

  1. Secure one end of the wick to the inside bottom of the wax cup with a little bit of tape.  (if you have wicks with metal bottoms this may not be necessary)
  2. Tie or tape the other end of the wick to the pencil or Popsicle stick so it doesn’t fall into the cup.
  3. Melt the wax in a double boiler and colour as desired
  4. Fill the cup with ice.  Ideally you want the chunks of ice to be between 1/2 cm and 1 cm in size.
  5. Pour wax into the cup until the ice is submerged
  6. Wait for the wax to cool and the ice to melt, then carefully remove the stick and cup.  You will end up with a candle that had large holes in it kind of like Swiss cheese.

Warning: Always burn these candles on a large fireproof surface as they may collapse in unpredictable (but interesting) ways as they burn.  Do not leave burning candles unsupervised.

Tin Foil Dinners

I do not have fond memories of tin foil dinners from when I was a girl.  When we made them when I was a Guide the chicken was either so raw I’m surprised we didn’t all come down with food poisoning or the whole meal was so burnt that everything tasted like tin foil.  I recently returned to the idea of foil dinners but now I use pre-cooked protein for much better results.

Ingredients:

  • pre-cooked protein such as chicken breast, sausage or vegetarian patty
  • white and/or sweet potatoes
  • vegetables such as corn, carrots, zucchini, onions, celery etc.
  • butter or vegetable oil
  • heavy duty tin foil

Instructions:

  1. Clean and chop the potatoes and vegetables.  You want to make sure all the pieces are a pretty consistent size and not too thick or large.
  2. Mean while, build a fire and form a bed of hot coals
  3. Give each girl a piece of foil and let her build her own dinner.  This way everyone ends up with what they like.
  4. Wrap the dinner like a package with the shinny side of the foil on the inside.
  5. Wrap in a second layer of foil to ensure all the good stuff stays inside the package
  6. Lay on coals to cook, turning occasionally.
  7. Cook for approximately 20 min, open and enjoy