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    New camp kitchen patrol boxes

    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

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    That's a pretty good setup there!! Wish ours were like that.

    Our patrol boxes are huge (3x2x2.5 ft) because we keep washing up bowls and water carriers in there too. Unfortunately they are so big that no matter how neat everything is packed away, once at camp everything has clattered about and falls out the minute you open the door!!

    Thinking about it I might put one together for my own use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tibsie View Post
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    Thinking about it I might put one together for my own use.
    I have one of these for fixed camps...


    Simon
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonM View Post

    The Leaders box has had a waiters friend cork screw added - it must have fallen in when I was shopping

    Simon


    Seriously 'nice one' should make things easier. Grab and go!

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    hi simon

    i was in my local millets and they got frying pans on offer small ones, not sure if its good quality as picked on up and it was very light weight not sure how many camps it would survive.


    Eurohike Non-stick Frying Pan

    Product code 096164

    Great for cooking on a campfire, camping stove or in a caravan.

    £4.00

    Was £4.99

    Product Information

    This lightweight frying pan for outdoor cooking is made in aluminium with a non-stick coating and folding, heat-resistant handle. Weight 190g.
    Specification

    Weight, g
    190

    Dimensions: Width
    20


    not sure how to add the picture.
    i got a very small one from morrsions around pancake day its 8inches diameter approx and non stick and got no complaints with it.
    hope this helps libby

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    It's agreat idea, ours are larger removal skips as they include washing up bowls, large frying pans, and a large dixie set. It would be nice to be able to keep them stocked as complete boxes but we don't have the space plus we have to share the kit with Cubs!!!!!

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    Ours are ex-navy galvanised packing cases. Very tough and plenty of space - bit on the heavy side though!

    We currently have 2 for the scouts, and a 3rd that is used as an axe and saw box. The leaders have a wooden patrol box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by recneps View Post
    Ours are ex-navy galvanised packing cases. Very tough and plenty of space - bit on the heavy side though!

    We currently have 2 for the scouts, and a 3rd that is used as an axe and saw box. The leaders have a wooden patrol box.
    Yes, there hevay, but I hate them, I ripped a pair of shorts when crouching by one. The edges on of them (the axe and saw box) are sharp, sharp sharp.

    See you next week Dan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonM View Post
    I have one of these for fixed camps...


    Simon
    Had one of those for ages, it was about £25 and I hadn't even thought about them for scouting. Not sure if our dixies would fit in it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonM View Post
    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...

    Simon
    I think this is a brilliant idea (and I'm going to pinch it for my Guide unit - not least because it'll keep everything more organised in my garage!)
    The only thing I might add is a slatted spoon - I use them all the time when cooking and wooden ones aren't always that useful for fishing beans out of billies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonM View Post
    I have one of these for fixed camps...


    Simon
    Simon

    After seeing your picture of the Stanley rolling toolbox, I bought one to try it out. It's an excellent idea, the only things I don't like about it is the tray is not the right shape for cooking utensils and the price!!!

    So I have porchased 3 of the following



    There are "FAITHFULL MOBILE TOOL CHEST WITH TRAY 70 X 40 X 33 CM" and I have seen them as low as £21.95 here

    They are not quite as wide as the Stanley, but are longer, but I still seem to be able to get everything in.

    Thank you very much for the idea.

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    bit of an old thread but how did these wheeled boxes work goin across a field they look good??
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    Why wheel them? With a few exceptions we've found that wheeled boxes aren't much use unless so well built that they take up loads of room!
    Our kitchen boxes are the large storage trunks from Homebase/B&Q. In each we have 6 x cutlery, 6 x large plates/small plates/bowls/cups, chopping boards, lighter, gas spanner, 11pt billy, nested billies, fry pan, wasp catcher, utensils (strainer spoon, ladle, spoon, masher, cooking knives, spatula). We find this good enough for most camps and have another couple of boxes with extra crockery and cutlery in for those larger ones and group camps.
    Generally they're manageable by one adult or two scouts.
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    I like the idea of wheels as I am fed up seeing small scouts struggling with equipment so looking for anything that will make both their and our life easier at camp

    We have some of the big plastic boxes that work but the boys struggle with them when full
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    Quote Originally Posted by ASL-Alan View Post
    bit of an old thread but how did these wheeled boxes work goin across a field they look good??
    They are partly wheeled / dragged, but still better with wheels IMHO.

    Ian

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