The original file for these low-cost equipment/ideas/fixes for Scouting and camping in general was originally found on a F-Net Scouting board and was reposted on Fidonet on Nov 11/92 by Steve Simmons. The file evidently originated with BSA Troop 886 in the USA.
·Channel lock pliers make good pot holders.
·Make an oven by lining a moving box with aluminum foil and pushing coat hangers through both sides about half way up the box to form your grill.
Put coals in a pan and put the pan on three stones on the bottom of the box. Close the doors (lid) and bake away.
·Canning rings can be use to cook your eggs in for egg sandwiches. (Works well for English Muffins or Hamburger buns).
·Nylon rope can be used as shoe laces.
·Use a large zip lock plastic bag, filled with air, as a pillow.
·Plastic butter tubs make good storage containers for your camp kitchen. (Not a good idea to use in a backpack).
·A plastic bottle makes a good latrine for cold weather camping. (You don't have to 'go' very far from your sleeping bag). Keep it just out side the tent flap.
·An old closed cell foam exercise pad will make a passable sleeping pad.
·Plastic bottles can be used for canteens. Make sure the lid does not leak before using in a backpack.
·The pins which hold the backpack and shoulder straps to the frame can be replaced with a small piece of coat hanger threaded through the hole and twisted around itself.
·Twist ties can be used to hold up another tarp from your dining fly to form a wind screen.
·A small automotive water hose clamp can be used as a stop for your dining fly's upright poles.
·Drill a hole in the bottom of nested poles and put a screw in to stop inner poles from sliding out.
·Short lengths of coat hanger or wire can be thread through the holes and springs of the summer camp cots to replace the missing springs.
·Carry several pieces of lumber cut into 2 inch squares to summer camp and use these to level platform, tent and cot.
·If for health reasons you must sleep on a cot in cold weather insulate yourself from the cold air under the cot with several layers of newspaper.
·Old shower curtains make great ground clothes.
·Make a double boiler for melting paraffin from a 1 lb. coffee can and a 2 lb. coffee can. Bend a coat hanger so it will support the 1 lb. coffee can inside the 2 lb. can. Pour some water in the 2 lb. can and put the paraffin in the 1 lb. can.
·Waterproof matches by dipping in melted paraffin.
·Make fire starters by filling paper condiment cups with saw dust and pouring paraffin into the cup.
·Put matches in corrugated cardboard strips (about every other hole) and dip into paraffin for fire starters. Cut off what you need to start a fire.
·If your hand warmer came without a bag or the bag has been lost, replace the bag with a sock.
·A length of chain and a piece of coat hanger bent into an S-shape will allow you to hang your lantern from a tree limb.
·Use a cookie tin as a dutch oven.
·Keep batteries in an appropriate size prescription bottle to insure that they cannot run themselves down by accident.