camp sanitation... 3-pot wash
Wendie Howland (WAHowland@AOL.COM)
Thu, 4 Jun 1998 10:15:25 EDT
Remove all food residue possible from pots, utensils, and plates/cups.
Hot soapy FIRST... removes food & grease residue which will trap and protect
bacterial growth. Use water as hot as hands can stand it, but don't make it so
hot that the boys won't do an adequate job of cleaning. Pretty hot is OK. The
next two steps are, arguably, the most important.
NEXT: Hot rinse in clear water: This is where you use your tongs and maybe a
dunk bag into mega hot water. Visual inspection at this point can tell you if
the stuff is clean or needs to go back to the soapy stuff again <G>.
LAST: Dip in sanitizer sol'n, hot or cold, makes no difference. Do not confuse
this with a dip in water which has been sanitized, ie, with iodine tabs to
make it safe for drinking. A good choice is about a teaspoon of clorox in a
basin of water. (we carry a 4 oz squeeze bottle of clorox, heavily labeled,
and it's enough for a week of camp.) You *allow this to air dry*; the
prolonged contact of the solution on the material enhances its bacteriocidal
Final cleanup is easy: pour soapy pot thru your sump bag to snag any food
residue, then rinse soapy pot with hot rinsewater pot, then rinse both with
clorox pot. All clean and sanitized and ready for the next meal.
PAPER TOWELS???? You gotta be kidding me. Why pack and carry a big roll, waste
resources (trees/pulp) and make more trash? Use cloth (the smallest PakTowl
(tm) works great) and then rinse it out and air dry in the sun, if you need
anything. You don't need to dry dishes.
There was a pretty impressive example of how not to do camp sanitation at
Jamboree. A troop in a region which shall remain unidentified had a MAJOR
outbreak of diarrheal disease, really major. This of course got the attn of
the Health & Safety people pretty quick, and a team went to the campsite to
check things out. Turned out they found dirty dishes, no
washing/rinsing/sanitizing, stuff being kinda wiped out and reused, no
handwashing before food prep or cleanup, that sort of thing. The team stayed
with them for a few days until they were sure that the troop got the message,
and after that the report was that anyone would have been glad to eat with the
yours for sanitation in camp,
ASM T44 Pocasset MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety
I useta be an Eagle...
' We used to be a Beaver and a good old Bobwhite too,
But now we've finished Foxing and we don't know what to do,
We're growing Owl and Eagle, and we can Bear no more,
So we're getting out of Gilwell while we can!'
Scouting is a way of life....oooommmmmmmmm...repeat as needed*
*Thanks, Larry Faust...
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