Totes - A Better Alternative to Patrol Chuck Boxes

Traditional patrol boxes are nice, but they can be bulky. Fully loaded, they can be heavy to carry -- especially if you have younger scouts or a long walk from the parking area.

Our troop found a cheaper alternative. We have a series of plastic totes, labeled "Cooking," "Clean up," "Eating" and "Misc."

The Cooking tote holds the matches, cooking oil, utensils and anything else you would reach for while preparing a meal.

The Eating tote has plates, bowls, salt and pepper and other items we set the table with at meal time.

The Clean Up tote contains dishwashing supplies, trash bags and other items associated with after-meal duties as well as cleaning up the campsite.

The Misc. tote catches everything that does not fit in one of the above categories.

In camp, the totes are lined up on the seat of a picnic table for easy access. When we camp in an area where there are no picnic tables, we pack a folding camp table.

Our inventory checklist is organized in the same manner, so the scouts can check the contents of each box and note what needs replenished.

Totes are also easier to haul and store than patrol boxes.

Kevin Pinson
Scoutmaster, Troop 128
Zanesville, Ohio

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