Re: Storing equipment
Jeff Agle 5-5738 (jagle@CT.MED.GE.COM)
Wed, 3 Jul 1996 12:32:29 -0500
On Jul 3, 11:20am, JASON CRUSE wrote:
> Subject: Storing equipment
> Our troop is trying something new instead of using the traditional patrol
> box, which nobody has room to put in their car anyway.
> We have purchased 4-6 Rubbermaid containers, the BIG ones, with lids.
> In one or two of them we will store troop non-perishable food, such as
> mixes, syrup, and cleaning supplies. In the others we will put cook
> kits and other kitchen equipment. The QM will have a master list as
> well as each box having a list of what's in it. Gear will be stored in
> these boxes between campouts in the trailer, but the boxes can't rot and
> are pretty airtight, so bugs will be at a minimum. When we go camping,
> we have trouble keeping equipment clean when it rains and the wind is
> high, so storing kitchen items in the boxes between meals will cut down
> on this problem as well.
I assume you are referring to Rubbermaid Action Packers here. Our troop
has started to use those also. We still have our old (small, non-standard)
patrol boxes, but they are not water-resistant, so we don't use them for
things that are sensitive to water, like our cook kits. I have found the
large size (25 gallon I think) good for storage, but too big for camping.
We use a smaller size (14 gallon I think) for food. We have found that
it is just about the right size for food for 8 for a weekend.
My Assistant Scoutmaster and I used Rubbermaid Rough Totes (10 and 14 gallon
sizes) for summer camp. We had cots at camp and these totes fit under the
cots (10 gallon easily, 14 gallon just barely). Since we had rain every
day but one, these helped to keep our personal stuff dry. My ASM uses
these for family camping (I am going to try it with my family in a couple
of weeks) and loves them.
The boxes are sturdy enough for the boys to sit on around the fire also
(just have to make sure they don't get too close :-) ). We have not
used them for food preparation or cooking because they are too low, but
they should be sturdy enough. We also usually have picnic tables available,
so it is not a big issue.
> Just a thought for anyone else who has trouble storing troop equipment
> from campout to campout.
> P.S. The boxes are little shorter than cookboxes, but can still be used
> to prepare food on, and the plastic lids make cleanup after a meal a lot
> easier than the wood.
> -- Jason A. Cruse
> University of Denver
> (303) 321-4970
> FAX 321-4947
> "Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
> aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
> -Victor Hugo
>-- End of excerpt from JASON CRUSE
Jeff Agle (firstname.lastname@example.org) Scoutmaster, Troop 127
Potawatomi Area Council (WI) District Cub Scout Training Chairman
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City