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    does that matter though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiftypete View Post
    The trouble is that when you went to go buy some more identical sets to give to new kids sods law will be that you are unable to find the exact same stuff to buy.
    Indeed - that would really mess with my OCD tendencies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiftypete View Post
    The trouble is that when you went to go buy some more identical sets to give to new kids sods law will be that you are unable to find the exact same stuff to buy.
    And also, you stencil the names on, but to find your plate you have to wade through up to 30 others, only to find Smiffy didn't bother to look and has your plate.

    Plates and bowls do my nut in. There's always some numpty that forgets, so I bring 3-4 sets, and still find that there's none of mine there when its meal times, like mine are some sort of communal property to help yourself to if you can't find yours after 2 seconds of looking. But but but, for me, far far worse is cutlery, kids that don't know what theirs looks like, take someone else's that looks similar, two kids later [whiney voice] "Whoooosee got my fork? I can't find my fork" every single meal time. And to be fair, I suppose, 50 sets of cutlery is quite a search. So we've compromised, communal cutlery, own plates and bowls (yeah, or just borrow mine without asking, I won't mind*).

    * So actually last camp I took three sets for "me" and the serial forgetters, and some spares as lost property. Keep them separate so I've always got one to grab for me.

    Yes, this is Explorers, and yes, I'm too soft, but meal times is when I just wanted to sit down and eat and relax for 10 minutes, not have to arbitrate fork wars every mealtime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiftypete View Post
    Before camp? What and then you took it with you to camp? We lash ours together once we are on camp.
    Yeah, we used to have a camp prep night before camps. Mind you, we rarely went further than the next town.
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    We discovered Onion Bags last year. Amazing things on camp. Our system now is each kid has a (named) onion bag. They wash up their stuff, then put it in the onion bag which are all hanging up on a rope under a tarp. No drying up - they drip dry and we have had more hygiene problems with drying up cloths than anything. Easy to spot at the end of the day if little Smithy hasn't done washing up as his onion bag is empty. Everything much more organised last year and kids (scout age) seemed to appreciate it as well as it meant they didn't loose their stuff either over the camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    We discovered Onion Bags last year. Amazing things on camp.
    Bert, I salute you. I'm a convert. So we didn't quite get round to everyone having their own bag, but we bought 100 off that internet, had a few in the stores for leaders mess kit, one was actually used to store onions, and we dished out breakfast rations in them sometimes, and probably a few other uses I've forgotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    We discovered Onion Bags last year. Amazing things on camp. Our system now is each kid has a (named) onion bag. They wash up their stuff, then put it in the onion bag which are all hanging up on a rope under a tarp. No drying up - they drip dry and we have had more hygiene problems with drying up cloths than anything. Easy to spot at the end of the day if little Smithy hasn't done washing up as his onion bag is empty. Everything much more organised last year and kids (scout age) seemed to appreciate it as well as it meant they didn't loose their stuff either over the camp.
    I like that idea. Drip drying is better for many reasons - more hygienic at least - and as I always say drying up is the most pointless piece of housework ever invented, as if you don't do it it just does itself!

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    We built some of these for camp this year for storing cooking equipment, plates, cutlery etc.. which worked well. The wood is held together with bolts and wing nuts and the bottom row of trays are just cable tied on. Each patrol got one for their site.

    Can be left in the sunshine or quickly carried under shelters as required. For washing up we just use a table with bowls on.

    Whilst our scouts bring their own plates etc it all goes into their patrol kit for the week and only gets separated again at the end. I'd be happy just using central plates though tbh. Don't like the idea of them looking after their own set - prefer they treat all the washing up they are doing equally and its likely to be one or two scouts washing up all the plates from their patrol after a meal anyways with the others doing other tasks.

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    I went down our local municipal dump and asked if they had any dishwashers I could nick the baskets from. 4 of them can store and drain about 60 plates

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    Gone are the days of the backwoods dresser.

    That said, I know I remember seeing other scouts (from other groups) build them, I don't think we ever quite managed to put together the highly complex structures shown on the posters we used to have in our hall in the mid-80's.

    I remember going to a PL training weekend (as PL, so the world was still quite volcanic), we were all a bit shocked when the leaders suggested using elastic bands or bicycle tire inner tubes cut up instead of sisel for lashings.

    The idea of using dish washer shelves - I mean to say, the humanity...



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