Central Oregon Girl Scouts celebrate s’mores

Campfire treat harks back to 1920s scout handbook

By Dylan J. Darling / The Bulletin / @DylanJDarling

Published Aug 11, 2014 at 12:02AM

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Keep the cookies in the box: Sunday was National S’mores Day, and Girl Scouts celebrated in Bend.

Rather than roast marshmallows, members of troops from around Central Oregon gathered to make crafts, belt out songs and welcome girls interested in becoming scouts themselves.

“We always want to share what Girl Scouts does, get more girls involved in Girl Scouts and get more volunteers,” said Jaime Vogt, office and store manager at the Girl Scouts Bend Service Center on NE Fourth Street. In Central Oregon alone 600 girls wear the vest or sash of the scouts, and 400 adults volunteer support.

Along with a celebration of the s’more, Sunday was an open house for the group, she said. In all, 17 girls and 10 adults showed up throughout the four-hour event at the service center.

The crafts included fabric s’more replicas, which the girls called “swaps,” a creation to trade with other scouts for some of their handiwork. The scouts often put their troop number on their swaps.

Three of the nearly 20 members of Troop No. 50067 happily made swaps, folded paper into fortune tellers and then merged voices in a goofy sing-along about accidentally drinking bug juice. They also went home with s’mores kits containing the three ingredients of the campfire classic — graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.

As veteran campers, do the girls like s’mores?

Syvanna Kasowski, 11, of Redmond, definitely does.

“Anything that has sugar in it I love,” she said.

While a sugar fan herself, Zoey Kelly, 11, of Bend, isn’t so hot on s’mores. “I love roasted marshmallow and chocolate, just not the graham cracker,” she said.

Kasowski said she planned to keep her s’mores kit intact until the next time she goes camping, not wanting to try to make a s’more at home in the kitchen.

“I would not eat a microwave s’more,” she said.

The Girl Scouts open house did feature a non-roasted snack rendition of s’mores, a mix of Golden Grahams, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.

The combination of Girl Scouts and s’mores goes back decades. In 1927 the Girl Scouts printed a s’more recipe in a camping handbook, the first known printing of s’more instructions, according to the Girls Scouts Alumnae Association website.

The recipe also included an explanation of the name. S’more stands for “some more,” because campers always want some more around the fire.

— Reporter: 541-617-7812, ddarling@bendbulletin.com