Thanksgiving—it’s that grand American tradition where we fill a table full of foods we don’t normally eat during the rest of the year and celebrate the gratitude we have with our friends and families.

For many of us, Thanksgiving also carries with it the breath of gratitude for being with our loved ones in spite of (or hopefully in absence of) war, conflict, uncertainty and the risks of life. Beyond the thankful traditions and celebration of unity and peace, Thanksgiving can also be a lot of fun! From watching football and parades and playing games to eating lots of pie, Thanksgiving’s extended weekend is often a time to indulge and celebrate!

Fun Thanksgiving Recipes for Scouts and Families

Thanksgiving Turkey and Ham: Turkey or Ham? Ham or Turkey? Both? If you can’t decide which to serve on Thanksgiving Day and you need the oven for rolls and pies anyway, try taking your Thanksgiving meal prep outside!

Learn how here.

Thanksgiving Dinner for a Crowd: Troop 1015 from Alameda, California, has the giving part of Thanksgiving down pat. Every November, they invite almost everyone they know to attend their Turkey Feed, a massive, outdoors, all-you-can-eat-and-more Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the Scouts themselves. It takes a lot of preparation and hard work, but the end result is well worth it: dinner with around 100 of their closest friends and family members. “It feels really good to know that we worked so hard and people are enjoying what we did,” says 13-year-old Ricardo Tremper. “It feels like we made their weekend.”

Here are the recipes Troop 1015 uses to feed 100 people.

Dutch Oven Pumpkin Three Ways: I know it sounds strange, but after carving that great orange gourd on Halloween, don’t let your pumpkin rot. Bake it in your Dutch-oven instead. It is, after all, a squash and is classified as a superfood packed with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins. But enough about why it is good for you. Make some trail grub because there is so much you can do with pumpkin, even at camp.

See the recipes here. 

Camp-style Pies: With Thanksgiving coming and the oven filled with Turkey, dinner rolls, green bean casserole and that yammy stuff with marshmallows on top, you might not have space for pie. So why not take that baking outdoors with these two yummy (not be confused with yammy, although sweet potato pies are pretty good too) pie recipes.

Here are our favorite easy outdoor pie recipes.

You Are What You Eat…

It’s a question for the ages. If you were a Thanksgiving food, which one would you be? Find out the hard-hitting truth in a fun quiz from boyslife.org. You can share the fun with the whole family and compare your results over the dinner table. Although, depending on the result, you may want to be sensitive about what you eat! Get in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Take the quiz here.

Have a Thanksgiving Laugh

Here’s a plateful of Turkey Day jokes by Boys’ Life readers that will make you thankful you have a funny bone instead of a wishbone. Keep these jokes in your back pocket to surprise and delight your family between mouthfuls of mashed potatoes. These jokes might make ’em laugh (or groan) but they’re definitely something to be grateful for.

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Madison Austin
studies Public Relations at Brigham Young University and is a marketing specialist at the Utah National Parks Council. She is an avid hiker and enjoys being outdoors. Growing up in the mountainous regions of Colorado and Virginia enabled her to follow these passions. After moving to Utah to attend college, she has spent her time fostering both a career in Communications and a love for Utah's National Parks.

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