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#21 mashmaster

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:43 PM

Alright, no laughing at me. Is this for chafing? I kept seeing it suggested when we packed for Disney last year for that so gonna assume here (yes, I know what assuming does sometimes) that's what it would be for here, too. At the time I bought a bar of (the name escapes me) that was for that specifically and it worked great but my sons & husband didn't use it.

Yes this is for chaffing.  Apply it underarms and crotch areas.  The green bottle has menthol and if you are already chaffed if is not a pleasant experience.

 

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#22 KenD500

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 08:49 AM

A portable game - deck of cards, chess set with roll up mat, etc.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 08:55 AM

Yes this is for chaffing.  

 

 

In that line of thought - DON'T BRING cotton underwear.  Ex-officio underwear is great for Scout camping and for any summer camp where kids (and adults) will be exercising in the outdoors.


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#24 Col. Flagg

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 09:17 AM

In that line of thought - DON'T BRING cotton underwear.  Ex-officio underwear is great for Scout camping and for any summer camp where kids (and adults) will be exercising in the outdoors.

 

Amendment: Don't bring cotton ANYTHING except for sleep wear. Cotton does not dry fast or well, holds odors and will mildew fast.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 11:53 AM

The Gold Bond menthol is the best thing in the world for feet after a long day's hike or even walking around in boots all day.

 

Chaffing is always a problem in he heat.  This stuff is good for that, but again, the cool feeling of the menthol on the back of the neck feels great.

 

I carry both the green and gold bottles.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 11:57 AM

Wool has been suggested for the material of choice, I concur, BUT there are a few folks out there that are genuinely allergic to wool, In that case polypropylene undergarments are a must.  If that is not available or in one's price range, nylon is a bit clammy, but does the job.  I have used men's thin, dress, nylon socks in place of poly socks, and they do just fine.  I'm not allergic to wool, and still like the feel and utility of nylon or poly.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 02:41 PM

I am working in the kitchen at a camp and I don't know what to expect. We have no A/C Can anyone give me a few pointers? 


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 09:04 PM

I am working in the kitchen at a camp and I don't know what to expect. We have no A/C Can anyone give me a few pointers? 

 

Make sure you take one or two bandanas and baseball cap/hat of some sort.  If you're in the kitchen you will have access to ice.  Bandana on your head to protect it from the ice and then a hat over to hold it in place.  Let it melt and when it's gone add a bit more ice.

It works on the opposite dynamics of wearing a stocking cap when sleeping outdoors in the winter.  You will lose most of your body heat through the thin skin of one's head.  Revers it  and cool the blood flowing to your head and it will in turn cool your torso.


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#29 SSScout

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 09:52 PM

Kitchen duty:   Fancy apron, or two. Or three!    Silly hat.  Sunglasses.  Promote the same from the rest of the crew.   If it ain't fun, the quality of the food will suffer, even more !

Make sure everything is CLEAN , every day.   Sing a cleaning song.... 


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#30 Col. Flagg

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 09:33 AM

Camping on the east coast in the rather humid mountains, we were advised to bring those moisture absorbing things you could put in footlockers. Kept the moisture out and nothing felt wet, damp or smelly. In fact, one kid had one for his wet bag and when he opened his truck back home there was hardly any smell or dampness.


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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:14 AM

Camping on the east coast in the rather humid mountains, we were advised to bring those moisture absorbing things you could put in footlockers. Kept the moisture out and nothing felt wet, damp or smelly. In fact, one kid had one for his wet bag and when he opened his truck back home there was hardly any smell or dampness.

Well, scratch 'cloth laundry bag' from my original reply!


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#32 Col. Flagg

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:29 AM

Well, scratch 'cloth laundry bag' from my original reply!

 

ROFL...I don't live on the east coast any more so concept of humidity hits me faster than it used to. I used to be able to handle the humid nights and huge mosquitoes on Assateague Island. Now the thought of anything over 20% humidity gives me the sweats. You east coasters and mid-Atlantic boys might be less sensitive to it then I am. ;)


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Posted 06 June 2017 - 05:13 PM

Some of the wet bags used by canoeist and kayakers tend to be a bit on the heavy side because they are to be water proof and durable.  Kind of a trade off thing.  One doesn't need a big bag, they come in multiple sizes and are 100% waterproof.


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 09:28 AM

The thread about ticks made me remember, when I was a scout in the South, we used to put dog tick collars around our ankles. Depending on where you are camping, it might not be a bad idea. 


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 03:40 PM

The thread about ticks made me remember, when I was a scout in the South, we used to put dog tick collars around our ankles. Depending on where you are camping, it might not be a bad idea. 

Tuck your pants into your socks.  Looks dorky, but it works.   There's a reason scouters used to wear gaiters.

 

Wear a full brimmed hat, they will drop out of trees.  Campaign hat used to be standard equipment.

 

Pull the necker tight.

 

Duct tape your sleeves shut.

 

Zippered garments work better than buttoned ones.

 

And TUCK YOUR SHIRT IT AND WEAR A BELT.


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 04:44 PM

@Stosh on a hike...

 

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 05:23 PM

Light color clothing so ticks are readily seen, and staying on open trail works thus avoiding brush contact, mostly works for me.

 

Firewood gathering and making a nature call often resulted in ticks. With stoves there is less of the former.

 

Be prepared by first being aware.

 

My $0.02


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 05:47 PM

Wear a full brimmed hat, they will drop out of trees.

Maybe if your trees look like grass, and you rub it like an elk.

 

I've never heard an entomologist say that ticks jump out of trees. Ticks do not jump or fly. Most of their pray is about 18" off the ground so they stay around there. Ticks are in grass and once they get on you they walk upwards till they find a good place to bite. Lots of ticks like scalps.


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 08:45 PM

Col. :)  Love it.  But that's too cool of an outfit although being prepared is half the battle.

 

The brimmed hats aren't because ticks jump.  We have a lot of ankle (tucked socks) and belt area covered (shirt tucked in) but the deeper the brush the higher they climb.  Brushing up against tall bushes opens up opportunity.  Thus the number of ticks on hands and arms.  Ticks are advantageous, they hang around brush, not trees.  Deer and animals walking along game trails is their ambush of choice. 

 

Of course scouts picking up dead fall and carrying it in their arms, produces just as many, if not more.


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 08:56 PM

Tick checks are good. Also on that note if he gets a deer tick don't freak. :D


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