Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Pickle bucket Washing Machine @ camp
Re: Pickle bucket Washing Machine @ camp
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 22:11:46 -0400
Kim Blake wrote:
> Last summer at Camp Cherokee (Athens, Texas) I saw a troop that had a
> "Washateria" area in their camp. They had the pickle bucket and toilet plunger
> "washing machines". I never saw one in action so I am wondering if anyone
> out there knows what kind of detergent these buckets use, how much and how
> much water goes into the "machine". It is only a hope, but I'm going to see if
> we can have a sorta-clean Scout shirt on the guys this week. Is it actually
> possible? Has someone out there actually used it????
> Kim Blake
> Troop Committee & Outdoor Chairperson
> Troop 332
> Hurst, TX
We use this "washing machine" every year at summer camp, and require every
scout to wash his Class A shirt at least once during the week. It only takes a
small, very small amount of any commercial clothes washing detergent to use. DO NOT
USE TOO MUCH !
As an after thought, we always give the "list" of scouts who have washed at
least once to a scout who may have some home sickness problem so as to keep him
busy. It works ! It puts him in control of asking if Johnny has done his wash yet,
or just forgot to sign the paperwork. :-) It keeps his mind off of other things.
On an even better note, most scouts wash their socks, their pants and their
shirts more than once, even though you have that occasional scout that will go
through the week without washing. Use it a
learning tool, and it will work for you. Remember, a "Scout is Clean".
And a good old Buffalo too,
District Training Chairman
Scoutmaster Troop 44
Pa Dutch Council