Five-Day Camping Menu for Families

Here is a five-day, crowd pleasing camping menu for your next family camping trip.

If you want more camping menu and recipe ideas, check out The Scout’s Outdoor Cookbook for a collection of fun and innovative recipes or Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors for more upscale camping recipes.

Breakfast Menu

Breakfast while camping needs to be hearty, delicious, and above all-hot! If you decide to forgo the full breakfast and go with the easier option of cold cereal and milk, make sure you have plenty of hot coffee and hot cocoa.

Day 1: Oatmeal with brown sugar, raisins, and/or sliced bananas

Day 2: Pancakes with maple syrup and sausage links

Day 3: Breakfast burritos: scrambled eggs, bacon, salsa or hot sauce, cheese, tortillas

Day 4: Breakfast sandwiches: English muffins, fried eggs, sliced cheese, and fried ham slices, bacon, or sausage patties

Day 5: French toast and bacon

Beverage options: Hot cocoa, coffee, orange juice, hot cider

Side dish options: Fruit slices, applesauce cups, yogurt cups, country fried potatoes or hash browns

Lunch Menu

Sandwiches are the versatile star of your camping lunch menu. Pack them up for a picnic lunch while camping or wrap them in foil and throw them on the grill for a few minutes on each side for a hot and melty version.

Day 1: Turkey and pepperjack cheese sandwiches

Day 2: Roast beef sandwiches with cheddar cheese and barbeque sauce

Day 3: Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Day 4: Ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches

Day 5: Grilled cheese sandwiches

Side dish options: Fresh fruit, baby carrots and ranch dressing, chips, pasta or potato salad*, beans, soup, yogurt, pudding cups

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*Make sure mayonnaise-based salads are properly chilled or make salads with an oil and vinegar base

Dinner Menu

When camping, dinners should ideally be limited to one pot meals. Put someone in charge of cleaning up any dishes from prepping dinner while another person keeps an eye on the food that is cooking.

Day 1: Beef stew and French bread

Day 2: Soft tacos: ground beef or ground turkey, pinto beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, tortillas

Day 3: Shish kebabs: skewer one inch cubes of meat (beef, chicken, pork, and/or sausage) and one inch pieces of vegetables or fruits (such as bell pepper, onion, zucchini, pineapple etc…)

Day 4: Spaghetti with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese (add the sauce to the drained pasta and return to the pan and stir to heat through to keep the total dishes to one pot)

Day 5: Campfire hash: Cook one chopped kielbasa, one chopped onion, one diced potato, one can corn, and one can green chilies in a skillet

Side dish options: green salad, fruit salad, applesauce


Sure, most of us could have s’mores every night camping. But there are other great desserts to cook over a friendly campfire.

Day 1: S’mores, of course!

Day 2: Baked stuffed apples: Core an apple and place it on a square of foil. Stuff the apple with one of the following combinations: caramels and butter; butter, brown sugar, and raisins; or cinnamon, sugar, and butter.

Day 3: Campfire banana split: slit a banana open (with peel still on) to form a “boat,” stuff the slit with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Wrap in foil and cook over the fire until the middle is an ooey, gooey, sweet mess

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Day 4: Heat and serve pudding topped with whipped cream.

Day 5: More S’mores. This time add a little peanut butter or strawberry jam to the sticky goodness for a little variety.