There were more than 100 of us at last weekend’s Girl Scout “encampment” overnight camping trip. Of course, The Cookhouse was the center of our universe.
Like the kitchen is the center of so many of our homes, where people come to be warm, fed and find each other, so was the Cookhouse at our camping trip. It was the place the parents found coffee first thing in the morning, and where the “big girl” scouts and their leaders prepared meals for us all. The communal cooking included ziti, salad, and more, and layering the s’mores ingredients together for our assembly line past the big fire.
Our troop was the youngest–first graders–but even they each contributed a bag of healthy treats (cheerios, rasins, dried apricots) to dump into a big bowl and create a communal trail mix snack. A weekend like this is all about the sharing–sleeping space, the last chair, and of course food, eaten together under a big tent under the stars.