Camp Mother & Camp Leader

Camp Mother and Camp Leader run the Happy Valley Camping Ground and are the Topp Twins’ best-known and well-loved characters.

Camp Mother’s signature fashion statement is her pink velour jumpsuit, turban and handbag. Camp Leader is a very enthusiastic and naive follower, ready to jump unquestionably and put Camp Mother’s directives into action. Her favourite possession is her jelly sandals and toy pet pony, and she has a fine line in colourful woolly cardies.


Camp Mother’s Delicious Recipe for Hot Scones

“There’s nothing I like better than to whip up a batch of scones for morning tea. You can’t beat them for simplicity or taste. I prefer a plain scone, but some people add cheese or dates. If you have guests over, a Devonshire Tea is always impressive. Whipped cream and strawberry jam on scones is pure heaven. Whichever way you choose to prepare them, always serve your scones hot from the oven, and use good New Zealand butter.”

You will need:

8oz self-raising flour
1 level tspn baking powder
Good shake of salt
1oz castor sugar
1/4 pint of milk 2oz good New Zealand butter

How to make them:

Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Rub butter into dry mixture with your hands. This is important as the warmth of your hands softens the butter.
Add sugar.
Mix to a soft dough with the milk. Turn onto a floured board and knead quickly.
Don’t finger it too much or you’ll lose the light fluffy texture.
Pat out dough. Cut into rough squares with a wet knife.
Place on a hot baking tray. You can brush the tops with milk to make them go golden brown.
Bake in a hot oven at 450F for 12-15 minutes.

Scones are delicious served with jam, honey or golden syrup. Always serve scones with a cup of tea and if its summertime take morning tea on the porch.