scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Women camping hints
Tue Jul 11 2000 - 09:00:08 CDT
Thanks for all of your responses to my "women in scouting" survey! I am
still compiling the results. The second part of my seminar will cover hints
for females in the campsite and out the campout. Please forward me your best
hints and suggestions!
Hi! This is a note that I rec'd from another woman on the list and my reply
Don't know if this helps you <G>. I think the guys can handle it <G>.
>How do you handle "that time of the month" on a troop campout without
>leaving tell-tale signs for the boys to find? How do you stay feeling
>semi-fresh, especially if there are no showers available?
I used to use tampons, before I had my uterus out of course <G>, and if I
weren't at a camp where I could ditch 'em in an approved bathroom receptacle
or smuggle them into the trashbag, I brought freezer bags-- the extra heavy
ziplocs-- and double-bagged 'em til I could get home. An aspirin in the inner
bag cuts down any odor, and the double-bagging put it away entirely.
For on-the-trail hygiene I always pack a packet of unscented baby butt wipes
in my fanny pack-- they come 10 to a package in resealable plastic envelopes,
not just in those hard little blue tubs. I personally find that 10 is enough
for about 3-4 days, but YMMV <G>. I throw the used ones into the mesh bag in
my pack with my used tee shirts and underwear (assuming I actually get a
chance to CHANGE tee shirts and underwear <yuk>) and they dry out
odorlessly, oddly enough. Then I casually dispose of them in the nearest
trash receptacle and they just look like kleenex. They do not
decompose/biodegrade, as they are designed to stay moist a long time (in
their packets) without disintegrating, so are not appropriate for burying in
I also always bring my camp washing machine to summer camp-- Lord knows the
boys aren't always interested (though the PLC had a ball washing sox and
shirts last year--especially seeing how filthy the wash water was!) but I
really like having clean shirts after a few days.
Take one large pickle bucket (available at your local deli) or other clean
5-gallon plastic bucket and one brand new unused toilet plunger, the one that
looks like a big suction cup. Cut a small hole in the lid of the bucket just
the size of the handle of the plunger; cut a few "vanes" in the plunger both
to improve water flow and to keep it from inadvertently being used in an
actual toilet <G>. Use cold water and Woolite or your regular shampoo in very
small amts-- remember this isn't nearly as big as your washing machine back
home! You can do two or three shirts and some socks or underwear per load---
Plunge until you think it might be clean, pour out soapy water, replace with
fresh, and plunge until rinsed. You might have to run more than one rinse
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety and going in 01!
I useta be an Eagle...