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Boot Scraper Camp Gadget

Spring is almost here! And with spring, comes the mud. Here is a really simple camp gadget I saw at a camporee a few years back. It was a simple boot scraper camp gadget for scraping the mud off of the bottom of the boots.

The boot scraper camp gadget I saw did not involve any lashings. Only gravity was involved. However, if you wanted to use it for First Class requirement 3d – Use lashings to make a useful camp gadget or structure. – you could lash the parts together. It would make the whole thing sturdier.

Boot Scraper Camp Gadget

  1. Find two sturdy Y shaped sticks and one sturdy straight stick.
  2. Trim the Y sticks so that the straight piece at the base of each  is about 8 inches long.
  3. Trim the straight stick so it is about 12 inches long.
  4. Drive the Y sticks into the ground, parallel so that they are about 8 inches apart and the joint of the Y is about 3 inches above the ground.
  5. Place the straight stick in the Ys. (See printable copy for illustration)
  6. Scrape the mud from your boots by placing your foot on the straight stick and pressing down a little while drawing your foot across it.

If necessary, use some lashings to secure the sticks.

More Ideas

Pot and Towel Rack Camp Gadget

These instructions are for a pot and towel drying rack for camp

Hand Washing Station Gadget

This uses lashings to make a handwashing station from straight sticks and an empty gallon milk jug.

More Scout Pioneering Gadgets

The Scout Pioneering website has lots of things you can build using lashings.

Even More Gadgets

Scout Life magazine also has plans for a number of projects you can build for First Class requirement 3.


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