Gadgets for scouts take two forms - those technological objects of desire
such as GPSes, multitools, and solar chargers and creations made using
a scout's skills from available materials to make life, typically on
camp, simpler, more sophisticated or just plain fun.
Camp gadgets are constructions made on camp to make life easier. The
most common is probably a grease trap, but they can be as sophisticated
as materials, free time and imagination allow:
|A wash stand makes the washing up less arduous as it raises the
washing-up bowl up so you don't have to squat over it on the floor.
It consists of a fairly strong support lattice, often of staves,
that holds a bowl full of water, which is surprisingly heavy (20l
of water weighs 20kg), at waist height and often includes a drying
rack to stack washed items so they don't have to be dried by tea
On a hot summer's camp a camp shower can sometimes make the
difference between harmony and all-out war between scouts sharing
a tent full of body odour.
A water container is supported above head height, ideally somewhere
where it can catch the sun all day. Below it is an old bucket
or bowl with holes in. A fancy release method, be it some sort
of tap or a tipping mechanism, is the hardest part. Pulling on
a string or lever releases the water, which pours through the
holes, showering the user.
|A grease trap helps cut down on the amount of runny waste that
you need to get rid of at camp. It is a gadget that separates
out the water from the fat and starch left over from washing up
the frying pan or the remnants of pasta from last night.
It consists of an old bowl or bucket with holes in the bottom
that you fill with grass, twigs or ferns and part bury in a hole
in the ground. When you pour in greasy or filthy water the grease
gets caught on the plant material whilst the water soaks away
through the bottom. The vegetation can then be burnt on the fire
or thrown away.
A recent addition to the gadget spectrum is the iPhone app. Here is a
selection of cool ones:
Packing List iPhone app is a practical aid to help you plan
some unforgettable outdoor adventures with your friends. Compile
your packing list, share it with your friends and then start packing.
The team works together to gather all the necessary equipment, making
sure that nothing is forgotten. Once you've ticked off all the items
on the list, the tour can begin!
Face Trailhead iPhone app finds trails, hikes, bike routes and
more based on your location. You can even search by activity and
length. Whether you’ve selected an existing trip or started
a new one, Trailhead tracks your route, distance, speed and elevation
in real-time. When you’re done exploring, you can post your
trip to Facebook, Twitter or EveryTrail.com.
Knot To Do iPhone app is your pocket guide to 70 must know knots
in six categories. With this App you’ll always have just the
right knot at the ready, with clear step-by-step tying instructions
to meet any and every outdoor need.
Lantern iPhone app lets you choose from 10 different lanterns
that fill your campsite with bright, white light. And if you’re
not camping, the Coleman® Lantern is great for finding things
in your car, walking at night, reading, and for anywhere else you
need more light
Camping Cookbook iPhone app helps you prepare meals during the
busy summer camping and cook out season. Based on top-rated recipes
by Coleman®, the Cookout Cookbook & Meal Planner application
allows users to find the perfect meal based on food type, category,
and ingredients. Rank your favourite recipe for cubs, best dessert
or ideal recipe for camp.
Outdoors Peaks iPhone app lets you simply hold the iPhone camera
in the direction you're interested in and voila! You instantly get
the name, location and altitude of the peaks you're looking at.
You can even Twitter your location with the built in integration.
This app needs all the goodies in a 3GS iPhone to work. Whether
hiking or trekking, this is a really clever app to have along on
Tracks iPhone app helps you identify that wildlife track you
find as you wander along on your expedition. It features a database
with 7 search-able track categories fully illustrated by size and
shape for quick selection plus illustrations of both fore and hind
feet, with a complete description of track measurements, gait patterns
used trail widths and animal life cycles. However, its price ($6.99)
may mean only avid trackers would consider it worthwhile.