Laurel Highlands Council - 2024 Gingerbread House Contest

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2024 Gingerbread House Contest

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Get ready to pre-heat the oven, pull out the cookie sheets and decorating tips, and enter

The Christmas in the Camp Gingerbread House Contest. 

Camp Guyasuta invites scout troops, packs, and dens

(sorry no individual submissions) to participate

In the 5th Gingerbread House Display and Contest by building your own edible house.

All houses will be on display at Christmas in the Camp at Camp Guyasuta on  
Saturday, November 30, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Houses can be constructed of any safe-to-eat materials.

To participate in this simply register by November 16
Judging on Originality & Creativity, Difficulty, Overall Appearance & Appeal, Precision & Neatness. 

The structure should be constructed on a sturdy base (heavy cardboard, foam core, or wood depending on weight. If using cardboard, cover the base with aluminum foil so that moisture from the icing does not soak into it.


The structure cannot exceed two feet in height. Single structures with minimal yards are more easily viewed in our display.  Due to the weight of the decorated house, as well as environmental conditions in the display areas, we suggest always building an infrastructure for support. This can be built from foam core or heavy cardboard, using a substantial amount of Royal Icing as “glue”. The combination of heat, moisture, and weight will cause them to deteriorate if there is not enough support or icing used.   No battery or electric components should be included in the structure.   Any inedible decorative objects included with your entry will NOT be returned at the end of the display.   Use only Royal Icing. We cannot accept structures made with egg or butter icings as they quickly turn rancid and soften causing the structure to disintegrate.   If baking gingerbread from scratch, bake several days before assembling to prevent shrinkage.   Do not use anything in your house that requires refrigeration (such as prepared Jello, etc.)   Use A LOT of Royal Icing to assemble and decorate. Allow each portion to dry and harden before moving. 


Gingerbread houses should be delivered to Camp Guyasuta McGinnis Education Center

 Monday, November 25, 2024, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Email pictures of your group putting the house together to


When & Where
Gingerbread House Contest
Camp Guyasuta
Saturday 11-30-2024
4:00 PM ET to 9:00 PM ET
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