Awesome use of Scout staves for a very functional dishwashing station. First Class Scouts have the skills to do this, and it’s a hand’s on learning exercise to teach Tenderfoot/Second Class more lashing skills for sign-offs.
Background and History. Washing mealtime utensils on a camping trip can range from using paper plates (no washing) to “Philmont-style” (lick ’em clean and sanitize in boiling water). Through the years, Scouting has come up with a variety of “dish washing assembly line” configurations. For a wide range of field applications, the three container method has proven itself tried and true:
- 1st container: Washing (hot soapy water)
- 2nd container: Rinsing (hot clean water)
- 3rd container: Sanitizing (very hot water containing an environmentally-friendly chemical agent)
On many overnight camping and backpacking trips, this approach has been adapted, sometimes combining the second and third containers into one 8 quart pot, sometimes using wash basins. In all cases, the initial step is to clean or scrape off as much excess food as possible into a designated receptacle, before placing anything into the 1st container. Most often the final step, is to…
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