Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Patrol Boxes & cook kits
Patrol Boxes & cook kits
Dalton, Lloyd P.
Mon, 23 Aug 1999 09:13:48 -0500
Patrol leaders in our troop are interested in upgrading our patrol
camping gear, and we could use some advice.
For some time, we had a large wood patrol box with fold-down door &
legs. It was well-constructed, but terribly heavy and bulky. After about a
year, we purchased three Rubbermaid Tuff-Handle totes (check them out at
http://www.rubbermaid.com/store/productdata/hpd/h4154.html. These have
several good points--cheap, light, spacious, easy to clean, and easy for 2
small scouts or 1 large scout to carry a fair distance.
For cooking equipment, we have a hodge-podge of garage sale pots &
pans. With careful packing, we also fit a tarp, a camp saw and occasionally
some pie irons into these boxes. But the packing is kind of difficult, and
the items tend to get disorganized during camp.
1. We're looking for recommendations for cookware with cost,
packability & durability being the main considerations.
2. We'd appreciate hearing from other troops with different patrol
box methods. For example, another local troop uses 5-gallon pails for
everything. And some scouts & scouters swear by the big old wooden boxes.
Feel free to email me privately. If I get more than a few
responses, I'll put the information on the web and post a link to the
SM, Troop 28
St. Cloud, MN