Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Survival tins
Re: Survival tins
Sat, 11 Dec 1999 23:07:43 -0600
Ken Spiegel wrote:
>If you need a larger (Soup or tuna can size) container, try using a side
>cutting can opener on a camp out. Save the cans after they are washed and
>make your survival kit.
You know, Ken, this is the same approach taken in the Scout Handbook and
Patrol Leaders' Handbook when I was growing up. An entire "cook kit" can be
made from number 10, 8, 6, and 4 cans (I don't know if that refers to the
ounces or to some other description) and wire (coat) hangers. I'm not sure
if this kind of work also applies in the old Metalwork Merit Badge, but I
don't see a reason why it wouldn't.
>This is also good if you have youth who cannot afford a mess kit. Having a
>complete cooking kit made from stacking cans which are disposable is great.
I once saw a demonstration during a Scout Show from a Troop that made just
that. They took the labels off the cans, cleaned the can in scalding water,
and then created various cooking implements and actually cooked with them,
using that Sterno (tm) canned heat stuff (great stuff....is it still around??).
They cooked spagetti, including making a colander to strain the water away,
using those cans and served it to the people watching. It was a great demo....
GREAT suggestion, Ken!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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