3 Methods for Campfire Cooking & Favorite Recipe for Each!

Camping is for enjoying nature – but enjoying nature includes enjoying great food!

Campfires have been used for cooking since the beginning of time. There are a number of creative techniques in most cultures to prepare food outdoors which have been carried and refined through time for recreational use! We’re exploring a few of our favorite methods for cooking over a campfire – and a recipe for each!

Before we begin – we must build a good fire for cooking – build your fire early to give it a chance to build a nice bed of coals.

Roasting on a Stick

The most traditional way of cooking, perhaps the oldest form of cooking known to humanity involves direct heat – roasting food on long skewers that can be held above the flames. This might bring up an image of a hot dog or a marshmallow for s’mores – which are awesome, but skewers can deliver so much more! Non wood stick products are available, including metal.

Favorite Recipe: Garlic & Black Pepper Shrimp Skewers

Salt, pepper, garlic, acid, and a bit of heat are all you need to punch up this easy shrimp skewer recipe.

Chef’s tip – use two skewers through your shrimp, which prevents them from twisting and turning when you rotate them on the grill, and ensures even cooking.

Find the recipe here courtesy of Bon Appetit

Baking in Tin Foil

With a sturdy tinfoil, the options of packets that can be prepared are endless. A packet can contain a single item — seasoned corn on the cob, seasoned sweet onion, or a salmon fillet in a lemon marinade. But the best part of tin foil packets are the flavors of various items that cook together for similar cook times – a full meal in a packet. You can even prepare wrapped burritos with all of the fixings for a quick easy camping meal.

Favorite Recipe: Summer Vegetable & Sausage Tin Foil Packet

This recipe makes use of all your fresh summer vegetables – zucchini, tomatoes, green peppers – and you can add your favorites! All marinated together with great seasonings and your favorite sausage.

Find the recipe here courtesy of Taste of Home

Fireside Pie Iron for Sandwiches

A Small Country favorite is making use of the heavy square cast iron pie irons with long handles and stay cool wooden handles. You can put one of these devices into the coals to cook toasted sandwiches, hot dogs, even breads and desserts.

Favorite Recipe: Breakfast Hobo Pie

This recipe for scrambled egg, cheese and sausage on toast, made in a pie iron over fire and followed by toasting on coals adds a number of top tips for how to avoid burning.

Find the recipe here courtesy of Pocket Change Gourmet

We hope you enjoyed our top three methods for camp fire cooking – and will enjoy their use through the summer! Keep your eyes open in July for upcoming campfire cooking recipe contest where we will be asking all of our facebook fans to share their best campfire recipe – winners will be included in a Small Country Campground Cookbook!

Why Families Love Summertime at the Pool

You know summer has begun when the pool is open. 

Not all campgrounds in Virginia offer camping beside their own outdoor pool! Today we’re diving into a celebration of all of the ways to enjoy our own outdoor pool at Small Country Campground by unpacking all of the reasons families love summertime at the pool!

Healthy Family Fun

It's not really summer until the pool opens. Our families can't wait to head the pool! The best part - it's good for the body, engages the mind, provides an escape from the heat, and it's social time - where every child to enter the gates is a new play mate! 

The Thrill!

You know the thrill of hitting the water after a hot summer day -- the sound of your splash is followed by the chill as you're surrounded by water. There's nothing like it! 


There's something about the water, isn't there, that just brings out the child in everyone... especially children! And nowhere is that more visible than at the pool. There's something about the safety of moving in the water that brings out our craziest moves!

Hanging with Your Buddies

Many of our most powerful childhood memories are based at the swimming pool - conspiring mischief with a buddy, inventing a game, attempting a physical feat or to bug the girls... some of the greatest friendships are forged by the edge of the water!

Learning a Life Saving Skill

Spending time in a swimming pool provides a level of comfort with water. In time, these skills evolve and accumulate into strength, ability to float and swim, ability to hold and control your breathing. It gives peace of mind to know that no matter what water adventures might be in the future, these skills may equip your family for survival!

Relationship Moments

Everyone remembers those moments when your dad holds you up in the water - teaching you to float - and promises not to let you go! What a beautiful image of the types of parent child learning experiences the pool brings!

Low Impact Cardio

Swimming is one of the best low-impact exercises - every member of your family can enjoy a workout without the impact. Cardio gets your heart rate up - giving your lungs additional strength. 


There's something about getting out in the water that calms the mind and soothes the soul. While we do definitely take fun seriously, Small Country also attracts couples seeking some quality time away in nature - and floating in the water offers that to you in a way that nothing else can.

Outdoor Health

Enjoying the pool outdoors lead to an increased confidence, improved creativity and self-esteem. Natural settings rejuvenate and calm the mind and improve outlook. This may also improve your mood, as well as reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

Plan Your Stay

Here at Small Country Campground we take play very seriously!!! We’ve been working hard to add new ways to play and prepare for summer fun ahead of schedule! Take a look at our upcoming events through 2017 now available online and set your time to enjoy all the fun and recreation camping here offers!