Useful Camp Gadgets: Revisited

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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.

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