At our recent Leaders meeting we agreed to go down the route of Patrol boxes for the Scouts to take camping.
With that in mind, I have just bought and outfitted 3 boxes for the Scouts and 1 for the Leaders. It is our intention that most cooking will take place on open fires, so no stove in the box. (We do have Trangias etc to fall back on if we decide to cook on stoves.)
Comments and suggestions for forgotten items etc welcome!
We opted for "Stanley Fatmax" toolboxes. This is because I already have one for canoe trips and know that it is waterproof and robust, yet light enough for Scouts to lug around...
Looking inside, you can see that the tote tray isn't full length. This allows bottles (in the Scouts' case, washing up liquid. In my canoe box, single malt!) to be carried upright...
With the tote tray removed, you can see that there is bags of space in the main section of the box...
Finally, all laid out for inspection...
We have decided to keep the boxes completely food free as they will be stored intact between camps.
So far they have inside them:
- Nesting set of 3 "Bulldog" type billies with frying pan lids.
- Chopping board
- SS Mora knife in sheath
- Tin opener
- Potatoe peeler
- Wooden spoon x 2
- Bar B Q tool set (tongs, fish slice & fork)
- Steel scourer x 2
- Sponge scourer x 2
- Wash up cloths
- Heavy gauge aluminium foil
- Large zip lock bags
- Box of matches
- Washing up liquid
- Alcohol hand gel
- Black bin liners x 2
I have a wish list of gear to be added:
- Frying pan - need to find one that fits the box!
- Ferro rod
- Tinder material
The Leaders box has had a waiters friend cork screw added - it must have fallen in when I was shopping