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 Post subject: Hand Washing Station
PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:35 pm 
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Our current club director came up with a great system for a hand washing station during camporees.

A one-gallon milk jug with a hole in the side near the bottom that a golf tee just fits into. The golf tee is tied to the jug so it will not get lost.
When the golf tee is out of the jug, a small stream of water flows that can be used to wash hands.
When he tee is in the jug, water leaks around the tee for a few seconds and then stops due a a slight vacuum in the jug (the cap must be on the jug).
The jug will hang for days with no water leaking out.

A bar of soap in an old leg of panty hose will allow the soap to be used without the possibility of it being dropped into the dirt.

We normally hang this station on the outside edge of our campsite near the kitchen area. Many a hand can be washed with the gallon of water. This cuts down on the grey water generated and the water that needs to be hauled to the campsite.
No reason not to have clean hands for meals.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 10:59 pm 
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Wow. I built, out of 1/4 inch plywood and cedar, with a bathroom sink and a regular fountain, powered by an RV pump deep cycle battery. We brought along a 15 gallon water barrell to pump out of and a big bucket to run into.

We used it in primitive camping, where nobody could have clean hands otehrwise. It worked great.

Someday, when I get rich, i'm going to buy a 30 foot cargo trailer, and convert it to a mobile kitchen, shower, bathroom, and cook's quarters.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:50 am 
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We also have a portable sink when we take the trailer along, but all of the fancy stuff takes up so much room. While the sink, holding tank and such are nice, the milk jug system is so small, packs well, and works great.

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No doubt a 30 foot trailer is a bit big for most camping. I really like that milk jug idea.

Several (1988) years ago at the club of my home church we bought a used trailer from a fishing club. It is only a ten foot trailer and could use a second axle. On both sides it has drop down doors for food storage and work tables. That is it, is a chuck wagon. Central piping for propane and two years ago we put a pair of fifteen gallon drums in it for cooking water. We have done a little referb more than once but it has been great. Enough clearance and short enough to go where we do.

It is good for hauling club equipment and food for around 80 peole for 3 days. This is a kitchen not a bath. still have to set up hand washing and other areas accordingly. Since if you are not prudent with water you will need more than 2.5 gallons of water for drinking, cooking, & washing a day per person a milk jug water station is a good idea.

For large clubs a chuck wagon can be priceless. Hauling your gear and personal stuff as well food, then having a place to prepare food is a nice item. Something like this can be built or bought for $800-5000.00 so it takes carefull planning.

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 12:35 pm 
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Ok, I know this topic is old, but I've been reading some of the old stuff today. The first camping trip we took with our brand new club 4 years ago, was the kind that you never wnat to do again, but look back on and say, it was soo much easier.

The club had no equipment at all, (and personally my husband and I had very little equipment) We had been organized for about 3 weeks and we attended the Lake Union Camporee. We had 6 kids, 2 staff, 3 tents, 8 camp chairsand camp table( borrowed), and a very small camp stove. the food was stored in the back seat of my husbands Ford Escort, and I opened the hatch to use for a food prep area, even cooked in the back of that car.

A trailer, cook tent, chuck wagon, canopy, whatever, would have been great, wonderful even, but I still think back, that was the easiest set up and tear down that we have ever had on a camp out. Ah... the good old days.

But the real bathrooms were close by and served well for handwashing and such.
Chelly


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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 8:06 am 
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My first Camporee as director was hard also.
Everything was in paper grocery bags.
We did not even have a table. Everthing was done on the ground.

I told myself during that Camporee, that things were going to have to change.
From there, we moved to a homemade chuckwagon. It was not very successfull.
The trailer and chuckwagon were stolen during the summer.
The trailer was recovered, but the slide-in chuckwagon was history.

We now have two of the pipe/canvas portable garage tents. We normally use one as the kitchen and the other to eat in during rainny weather.
For the shorter Camporees we might only take one if the weather forcast looks good.

We now have a dozen or so, plastic Rubbermaid storage bins that have replaced the paper bags. Stuff stays in them for storage at the clubhouse.

While days gone by may have been simpler, I do not wish to return to where I began.

Mr. Mike

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 Post subject: Re: Hand Washing Station
PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 1:54 pm 
We have two buckets for washing your hands. There is also a sope bottle before the buckets. First, the Pathfinder puts his hands in the first bucket to rinse. Then he puts sope on his hands. Then he would rinse it off in the second one.


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