Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Backpack gear homemade
Backpack gear homemade
Mon, 9 Nov 1998 08:41:35 -0600
>A Scouter writes that his new troop went to a camporee and felt like >homeless guys because everybody else had 'way cool tables and other >campsite stuff... (but they had a good time)...
Wendie Howland writes;
> We don't own any troop gear like tents, so the boys bring and share
> their own, or borrowed gear. That way they learn to set up lots of > different kinds, not just the one type. They take better care of the > gear, too, if it's their own.
I want to second that approach. Our new troop specializes in
backpacking and bicycling. Lots of gear is not a good idea when you
have to carry it! All of our outing require that we hike into our
campsite. Cars are left at the parking lot. It is amazing after each
trip less and less "stuff" make it the next time.
Our Troop gear box is an old converted chuck box from another troop.
For three patrols and one adult patrol, it contains 4 coleman backpack
stoves ( returns from REI for 5 dollars ), 4 box ovens the boys made
them, 4 varmint (bear) bags from a local nursery, 4 patrol cook kits ( 2
pots and 1 cup per kit ). That's the total troop/patrol inventory.
My question to the list is:
I have some plastic pool covering that I obtained from a neighbor. I
would like to cut it to use for patrol dining flys. What size would you
recommend? (8 x 8 or 8 x 10 , etc.) and what would be a method to
reinforce the grommet areas. How could I bond extra layers of plastic
to build up the thickness to make it stronger. The plastic is fairly
thick as compared to the garbage bag thickness.
Does anyone have any suggestions for making "saddle bags" for our bikes?
Each bike will have a rack over the rear tire. Walmart now offers a
good 10 dollar rack. The tent and sleeping bags can be strapped on top
long ways on the rack. I'm looking for ideas for making the saddle bags
for the smaller items. If you have any ideas please share.
Rick Covington, SM
First Christian Church