Back in June, shortly after I started this website, I posted an article about useful camp gadgets for Firecrafter requirements. It is read regularly each week.
This past weekend, I finally had a chance to go on a troop campout for the first time since I took the position as District Commissioner. I decided to use my own advice. I made a crude lantern holder.
As you can see from the previous post, my design is largely a knock-off.
While I was working with the hand drill by the campfire, one of our thespian scouts walked up and asked, almost as if reading from a script of the prior post, “What are you doing?”
I explained that I am teaching myself a pioneering method that is different the method in the scout handbook.
“What’s it called?” he asked.
“Cat drill. It’s based on a system I found on an Italian scout troop’s website.”
“Why are you doing it?” he continued.
I told him, “I want to be able to teach scouts who are interested how to do it. But, first, I have to make sure that I know how to do it. So I am experimenting on this campout.”
“Well, if you are doing it at summer camp, I want to learn how to do it,” he finished.
“Sounds like a great idea to me!” I exclaimed.
This entire project required a $12.00 hand drill from Amazon’s website, a $3.00 set of bits, a $1.00 ball of twine, and sticks I found near the campfire. Next time, it will cost me nothing but time.
Who knows who will join me. Maybe we’ll make something bigger.