Campfire Chef

Learn To Cook @ MKDC

Our cooking majors are always a huge hit. Heartwood campers love learning to be more self-sufficient and confident about food preparation – and their parents love that they are more willing to help out at home! Recipes change from year to year, but we always keep the focus on healthy ingredients, and safe practices. In order to fully embrace our nature-based location, we also place increased emphasis on planning, preparing and packing ingredients for outdoor cooking, and preparing a meal “in the wild”.

Camp Chef – “Garden-To-Table” Edition: In the garden-to-table variation of this popular program, we focus not only on cooking skills but also on gathering and using farm-fresh ingredients.

Camp Chef – “Nailed It” Edition: In this variation, campers will focus on presentation and decoration. They’ll use materials such as fondant and icing, and use a variety of culinary skills to re-create an edible masterpiece.

Camp Chef – Pioneer Edition: What would you eat if you lived in a covered wagon? Campers will learn to use a dutch oven and cook over open flame with simple ingredients that pioneers would have had available.

Camp Chef – Confections Edition: Not just dessert… FANCY dessert. Campers will explore candymaking and decorating techniques in this SWEET major.

Majors are special programs for our Heartwood campers (aged 9-12) to choose from each week. Read about the rest of our majors here.