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Jolie Rouge
10-03-2012, 04:30 AM
10 essentials every Scout needs in the outdoors
By Karen Berger - From the March-April 2004 issue of Scouting magazine

Don’t leave home for the outdoors without these basic items. They could save your life.

THE 10 ESSENTIALS are items every outdoor adventurer should include in his or her pack. The original list was devised in the 1930′s by The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based hiking, climbing, and conservation organization, whose members get out in some truly dreadful weather—including in the rainy North Cascades, along the Olympic Peninsula, and on such snow-covered peaks as Mount Rainier.

The Mountaineers’ essentials list was designed to keep climbers safe in case of accident, injury, or misadventure. Over time, like any classic, the list has been used and altered, but the core remains the same. Seventy years later, the list is included in many outdoor guides, including the latest edition of the Boy Scout Fieldbook.

Here’s what you need—and why.


These enable you to cut strips of cloth into bandages, remove splinters, fix broken eyeglasses, and perform a host of repairs on malfunctioning gear—not to mention cut cheese and open cans.


Prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers are available at outfitters, but you can customize your kit with your favorite blister treatment and ointments for common outdoor ailments (a topical antihistamine, for example, to take care of itches and rashes). Double your effectiveness with knowledge: Take a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid Basics course from the Ameri-can Red Cross.


Above timberline, bring one more clothing layer than you think you’ll need. Two rules: Avoid cotton (it dries slowly and keeps moisture close to your skin), and always carry a hat. A windproof, water-resistant fleece jacket can help you withstand ornery mountain conditions. Plastic baggies or extra socks can help keep hands warm.


Headlamps and flashlights allow you to find your way in the dark or signal for help. Headlamps are conve- nient for hands-free use.


Remember that high mountains make their own weather, and storms can erupt suddenly and violently. Even in a temperate summer forest, a dousing rain can quickly chill you to the point of hypothermia. Rain gear protects against not only rain, but also wind, cold, and even insects.


Without enough water, your body’s muscles and organs simply can’t perform as well. You’ll be susceptible to hypothermia and altitude sickness, not to mention the abject misery of raging thirst. Al-xways carry plenty of water and stop often to drink.


A map not only tells where you are and how far you have to go, it can help you find campsites, water, and an emergency exit route in case of an accident. A compass helps you find your way through unfamiliar terrain—especially in bad weather where you can’t see the landmarks. A GPS (global positioning system) can also help—but it is no substitute for knowing how to read a map.


The warmth of a fire and a hot drink can help prevent hypothermia. Also, a fire can be a signal for help if you get lost. Carry matches and a small amount of fire starter protected in zipper-locking bags. Dripping candle wax on match tips helps waterproof them. Commercially available windproof and waterproof matches are also a good choice.

Fire starter is anything flammable, from pocket lint to filled-in journal pages. Pine needles and birch bark make especially good starter, even when wet.


Especially above timberline, when there is a skin-scorching combination of sun and snow, you’ll need sun-glasses to prevent snow blindness and sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Buy sunglasses that are ultraviolet ray (UV) resis-tant and have side flaps (ventilating holes that keep them from fogging).

Don’t use sunscreen that’s been sitting in your medicine cabinet for a season or more: It has probably lost at least some of the effectiveness of its sun-protection factor (SPF), a rating of how well and how long the sunscreen will keep you from getting sunburned. A light-colored hat with a wide brim is also an effective sun deterrent. In desert conditions, consider using a long-sleeved light shirt and lightweight loose-fitting long pants. Zipper-off legs give more versatility.


Nothing boosts energy and spirits as much as a quick trail snack. You can make your own trail mix with nuts, raisins, banana chips, and chocolate bits. The combination of sugar, fats, and potassium tastes great and provides quick energy, long-lasting calories, and replacement electrolytes.

Always take a bit more food than you think you will need. A lot of things could keep you out longer than expected, like a lengthy detour, get-ting lost, an injury, or difficult terrain.


Jolie Rouge
10-03-2012, 04:35 AM
September 17, 2012

Survival Skills: 10 Ways to Use Bamboo

by Tim MacWelch

Bamboo is just one of those things, like rope or duct tape, that can be adapted to create an infinite number of material items. From survival gear to homesteader equipment, bamboo’s uses seem to only be limited by the imagination of the user.

So what are the 10 best ways to use bamboo for survival?

1. First, you’ll want to get a survival shelter built in the event of an emergency. Bamboo poles are both strong and lightweight, which makes them a great choice for building shelter elements.

2. Your water needs can be satisfied from different species of bamboo. Some bamboo grows large enough to make containers inside which you can boil water. Other bamboo can actually contain drinkable water between the joints.

3. Speaking of boiling water, bamboo can help you with your fire building when split into kindling and firewood. Bamboo also shows up in several different traditional fire building methods like the fire piston and the bamboo fire saw.

4. Consider bamboo as a torch for low-tech lighting. Split one end so that it splinters into several pieces. Insert some tinder and drip a little oil on the tinder, if you can spare the oil. This will give you a bright torch that should last for 15 or 20 minutes.

5. Bring home the bacon (so to speak) by using a bamboo pole as a fish spear or frog gig.

6. Bamboo can be a sturdy yet flexible fishing pole for some old-fashioned worm dunking.

7. The hollow sections of bamboo make great containers for dry goods and wet stuff, even a water canteen.

8. Build food steamers and cook pots from bamboo.

9. You can eat the bamboo. Not the whole thing, mind you, but the tender shoots of edible bamboo species can be cooked and eaten. But do your homework before you chow down, some bamboo species can contain cyanide. Consult a bamboo book to find out which species that grow in your area are safe to eat, and also how to keep from harming the plant too much during the harvesting process.

10. Get out of trouble Huck Finn-style on a bamboo raft.

Tell us what you have crafted from bamboo in the comments.



I haven't seen much bamboo in North America. Maybe if you are shipwrecked in SE asia, this would be helpful.


Bamboo grows in Georgia and several other states. Bamboo should be fire polished to prevent insects eating the soft areas of the joints and to harden the shaft. It can be heat ed over a bar-b-que grill until the resin comes to the surface. It will be a lot stronger and last a lot longer for any use. Fire polishing makes it strong enough to be used for wooden knives that can be handy to clean game or protect oneself. It also makes a great digging tool to dig up roots to eat. I also use it in my garden for long lasting plant supports.


It's around in PA as an escaped garden import. One caution though, you might want to consider piercing each chamber before burning as firewood. Each chamber is sealed and has the capability of exploding, and I mean exploding, when the water and air trapped inside boils and expands. When this happens, bamboo shrapnel flies at suprising speeds and for suprising distance. First time I saw this my neighbor was burning culled plants. I at first thought there was a multi-caliber firefight occurring.


We used bamboo as curtain rods. My husband's brother has it growing on the edge of his property and it is very invasive. They have to keep up on cutting down the shoots so it won't over grow the lawn.

My husband used a butane torch to heat treat it and it turned a gorgeous dark, chocolate brown color.

All of the other uses sound great, and we would love to grow some to use, but the problem of it taking over is too risky for the amount of maintenance required. For now we'll just go help his brother by taking some when we need it.


We have made hiking staffs from bamboo The boys like that it has "Secret Compartments"

Jolie Rouge
12-25-2012, 11:30 AM
Waterproof Canvas Shoes with Beeswax

With winter on its way for many of us, it's time to get your outdoor gear ready to go. But if you're not interested in breaking out the leather snow boots, Redditor Jesuismimi suggests that you can waterproof your canvas shoes with beeswax.

All you need to do is cover your canvas shoes with beeswax, and then use a blow dryer to work it into the shoes. When you're done, your shoes will be basically waterproof. Fair warning though, this also means they won't breathe as well, so you might not want to use this on any shoes you plan on wearing when it's not snowing out. If you're looking for other options, Scotchgard also works great on canvas, and beeswax based products like Sno-Seal are ideal for leather.


The problem with any spray protectant is that it just forms a barrier over the item that quickly breaks down or gets rubbed off. The benefit of beeswax (I use Sno Seal exclusively) is that it can penetrate the material of the item, which is why you heat it up with a hairdryer. It'll produce much longer lasting protection, and it's more cost effective in terms of applications. A jar of Sno Seal (4-7oz) runs about $10. I reapply quarterly to 6 pairs of boots (both mine and my wife's boots), and my briefcase (twice a year) and I'm only 1/3 of the way through the jar after 18 months. My quick (and potentially incorrect math) has that at ~$0.10/application.

For comparison, I used an entire can of scotch guard to protect one coat and an old pair of jeans. The can cost $15.



01-28-2013, 10:49 AM
When I was in Girl Scouts, we made a cooking surface with a 3-lb. coffee can. Around the sealed end, we would take a can opener (the V-shaped punch at the opposite end of a bottle cap remover) and pierce a few vent holes around the edge of the can, leaving the round surface intact. We would use tin shears to cut a squarish opening on the open end of the can - that would give access to the coals in case we needed to add more heat while cooking. The open end would be at the bottom, over coals, and the top end could be used like a small range-top burner or as a griddle. We would fry small strips of bacon on it, then cook our eggs in the bacon grease :) Brings back some of my favorite Scouting memories!

Jolie Rouge
01-28-2013, 11:29 AM
When I was in Girl Scouts, we made a cooking surface with a 3-lb. coffee can. Around the sealed end, we would take a can opener (the V-shaped punch at the opposite end of a bottle cap remover) and pierce a few vent holes around the edge of the can, leaving the round surface intact. We would use tin shears to cut a squarish opening on the open end of the can - that would give access to the coals in case we needed to add more heat while cooking. The open end would be at the bottom, over coals, and the top end could be used like a small range-top burner or as a griddle. We would fry small strips of bacon on it, then cook our eggs in the bacon grease :) Brings back some of my favorite Scouting memories!

Love those !! Around here they are called "Buddy Burners" or "Hobo Heaters"

Jolie Rouge
01-28-2013, 11:41 AM
Make a DIY Grill out of a Tin Can


If you're in serious need of a grill but don't have one on hand, you can satisfy that hot dog craving with just a tin can and a cooling rack.

We've discussed how to build a DIY grill before, but this method is the most doable since pretty much everyone has a tin can lying around. All you need to do is cut slats around the can and fold them back to create a large opening. Then fill 'er up with charcoal (use aluminum foil to keep it clean) and place a cooling rack on top.

The nice thing about this is that tin cans come in all different sizes, so you can make your tin can grill however large you small you want to fit your needs.


Jolie Rouge
07-31-2013, 09:11 AM

Jolie Rouge
08-08-2013, 08:22 PM
Bacon Onion Foil Packet Potatoes


2 to 3 sheets of heavy-duty foil
1 packet onion soup powder
10-12 baby red potatoes, thinly sliced
... 12 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon
1 cup cheese (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
Sour cream for serving (optional)

Spray each sheet of foil with cooking spray. Top each piece with equal portions of potatoes, bacon, 1 packet onion soup powder and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to each serving. Wrap securely.

Grill for 20 to 30 minutes. Or you can bake it in the oven, at 350° for about 35 minutes or till done. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve in foil, topped with sour cream if desired.

Jolie Rouge
08-11-2013, 09:33 AM
How to: Make a Cardboard Box Oven


Jolie Rouge
08-28-2013, 08:05 AM
15 Secrets to Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch oven cooking is not just for outdoor cooking while camping, it can be used even in your oven.


Cast iron cookware conducts heat beautifully, can cook with less oil in a well seasoned pan, chemical free alternative to nonstick pans and fortifies your food with iron. http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/living-well-15-secrets-to-dutch-oven-cooking/#more-39638

Are you ready for another installment of our Outdoor Cooking series (here’s part one http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/living-well-23-secrets-to-cooking-on-a-campfire/ )? I am too!

Cooking in a Dutch oven is one of life’s pleasures, I think. It’s hard to duplicate the feeling of cooking outdoors in a big, cast-iron pot over hot coals. It’s hard to duplicate that flavor too — a cross between cooking over a fire and using a slow cooker. I love it (if that wasn’t already obvious). :)

Dutch ovens have been around for years and years and years. Now that most of us do our daily cooking indoors on and in modern stoves and ovens, it seems like Dutch oven cooking is more for hobbyists and campers. If you haven’t enjoyed Dutch oven cooking as the cook or the eater, you’ve been missing out! It’s a lot of fun.

Cooking with a Dutch oven might seem a little intimidating or complicated. I totally get that! But what you put into the Dutch oven is pretty simple and uncomplicated; the cooking part is where it can get a little tricky. There’s a bit of a learning curve to get the timing and temperature just right, but once those two things are covered, you’ll be set.

You will want to purchase or borrow a few things to get ready for your Dutch oven cooking adventures. You don’t need a ton of equipment, but there are a few essentials that you don’t want to be without. I’m listing them here and will cover each in a bit more detail as we go along.


-One or two Dutch ovens (or more if you’ve got a crowd!)
-Charcoal chimney starter
-Charcoal briquettes
-Something to put the lid on (a muffin tin works well)
-lid lifter
-high heat resistant gloves
-straw broom
-lighter fluid (optional, not pictured)

Jolie Rouge
09-04-2013, 07:53 PM

Cast Iron Kettles, Skillets & Dutch Ovens – Cleaning and Refurbish

How many times have you found rusty cast iron skillets at a thrift store or yard sale that are just begging your you to take them home and restore them to their former glory ?


Jolie Rouge
11-02-2013, 12:07 PM

How to Make a Moccasin Boots Project


Wilderness Survival Skills and Bushcraft Antics website shares how to make moccasin boots from buckskin rawhide.

It even has a option of waterproofing the bottom of the Moccasins.

Click here to read how to make this project:



Jolie Rouge
11-13-2013, 09:25 PM
How to Heat Your Room for 15 Cents a Day

Nov 13

This video shows us an ingenious way to heat a whole room for under 15 cents a day or possibly even cheaper if you find cheaper candles. It’s simple, here’s what you need:

Tealight candles
A metal bread pan
Two terracotta pots, one smaller than the other
A lighter/matches to light the candles


Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/how-to-heat-your-room-for-15-cents-a-day/#hbVwyO4QBXqAguSb.99


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07-07-2014, 09:09 AM
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We *love* to go camping and here are just some of the things that have made our memory-making trips easier with the kids.

Jolie Rouge
07-13-2014, 12:16 PM
How to cook some goofy grub
By Sarah Kerner
Photographs by Olivia Ogren-Hrejsa
From the November 2004 issue of Boys' Life magazine

Star Scout Jeff Cumonow eyes his plate with suspicion. He has seen all of these ingredients before but never in this combination. He takes a bite. He searches for familiar flavors. He searches for a way to describe the unusual textures.

Then he searches for someplace to spit it out.

The offending food? Jiffy Pop Salad—a crunchy combo in which popcorn, bacon and celery mingle with mayonnaise. This goofy grub is from a batch of recipes recently tested by the Scouts of Troop 221 of Plano, Tex.

We scoured cookbooks, the Internet and our memories for strange recipes and oddball cooking methods. We kept the recipes under wraps until the Scouts arrived at the campsite at Erwin Park in McKinney, Tex. Then we wasted no time in splitting the Scouts into teams and giving them recipes, ingredients and instructions. If all went well, we’d have a feast in a few hours.

The result? Lots of laughs—and some surprisingly good chow.


The Recipe: Orange Peel Cakes
The Challenge: Bake cakes in the coals

The Scouts stirred up some batter. Then they cut a small “lid” in the top of each of six big navel oranges and scooped out the insides, just like carving a pumpkin.

Cooking a cake on coals is a snap when you use a hollowed-out orange peel instead of a pan. The Scouts ate the orange pulp, then poured the cake batter into the gutted oranges, each about two-thirds full.

They popped the “lids” back on the oranges, wrapped them in heavy foil, and set them on the coals for about 20 minutes, turning them often.


The Recipe: Pinto Bean Fudge
The Challenge: Don’t think about it—just keep stirring

“Pinto Bean Fudge?” questioned Tenderfoot Scout Chase Hairston, 12. “Did you make this up, or is this for real?”

It’s for real, thanks to a long-ago camper who discovered that a can of pinto beans can be substituted for a pound of butter when making fudge.

Chase maintained a perfect boil (without scorching) after reluctantly dumping a can of beans into the melted chocolate.

The Scouts poured the finished fudge into a shallow pan, then tucked it in the cooler.


The Recipe: Dingle Fan Chicken
The Challenge: Can something called a “dingle fan” cook chicken at all?

Dingle fan roasting is for campers who have better things to do than fuss over their food. Rather than endlessly basting and turning a piece of meat over a fire, campers can let this fan-powered rotisserie do the work.

Life Scout Andrew Motter, 16, and Star Scout Alan Hairston, 14, wedged a long wooden pole between two rocks so that it angled very near—but not directly over—the flames. Next, they attached a short length of chain to the end of the pole.

The next step was to make the dingle fan by sticking a paper plate on the end of a metal skewer. The fan would be attached to the chain, from which a raw chicken would hang. (Be sure to leave enough space between the fan and the flames, since that plate could catch fire if it’s left too close.)

The heat from the fire should hit the fan, causing the chicken to slowly rotate throughout the cooking process.

All we needed now was a chicken, innards removed, buttered and bound in string. That duty fell to Tenderfoot Scout Matthew Motter, 12.

“This is like something out of ‘Survivor,’” Matthew says, referring to the reality TV show.

Once dangling from the chain, the chicken wouldn’t need tending over the next two hours, when it would be safely fully cooked, but there was no time to sit back and relax. On to the next challenge!


The Recipe: Solar Oven Bread
The Challenge: Bake a loaf of bread … without fire or electricity

Cooking with the power of the sun is ideal for campers who want to try something fun and different.

Our solar oven called for bending a 2-foot-by- 4-foot sheet of cardboard into the shape of a funnel and covering the inside with aluminum foil. When the funnel is angled toward the sun, heat builds up in the base of the funnel.

Star Scout William Weiner, 15, made dough and kneaded it for about five minutes before putting it into a two-quart jar, spray-painted black to make it absorb more heat.

Before putting the jar into the funnel, the Scouts slipped it into a clear plastic bag, then blew air into the bag and closed it with a twisttie. This extra step created a “greenhouse effect” around the jar, allowing for additional heat build-up.

If all went well, the dough would rise inside the jar and, perhaps, bake.


The Recipe: Ice Cream Football
The Challenge: Make ice cream without a freezer

You need milk, cream and sugar to make ice cream, plus rock salt and lots of ice. As long as the ingredients keep moving and stay cold enough, the mixture will turn into ice cream.

Now for the football part.

Andrew measured ingredients into a quart-size zip-top bag, sealed the top, then placed it inside a larger, gallon-size bag. He filled the outer bag with crushed ice, packing it around the inner bag of ingredients, then sprinkled rock salt over the ice.

The Scouts wrapped the bags in layers of newspaper and secured the bundle with duct tape. The resulting “football” was ready for about 20 minutes of passing — to keep the mixture moving — before being spiked into the ice chest.


Even after falling into the dirt a couple of times, the Dingle Fan Chicken was a thing of beauty.

The Scouts scrambled for plates as Jeff ripped off a bite. He sampled it, then gave it the ultimate compliment: “Tastes like chicken!”

The fan had worked. The chicken was golden and crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside.

And the bread?

The Scouts had kept their eyes on the solar oven all afternoon and had given it an occasional nudge to keep it in the path of the sun’s rays. Its temperature had peaked at 310 degrees.

Not only had the dough risen, it had baked to perfection, filling the jar.

Even the Jiffy Pop Salad was getting good reviews from some of the tasters (but still not from Jeff Cumonow).

For dessert, the Scouts retrieved the fudge and ice cream from the cooler. Both were delicious — no hint of an aftertaste from the pinto beans. The orange-peel cakes were a hit, too. Spongy and moist, with a hint of, well, orange.

Bellies full, the Scouts declared their meal a success. Good food, good times — and no pans to wash.

Jolie Rouge
07-13-2014, 03:14 PM
Save space when packing a spare change of clothes.


Jolie Rouge
07-14-2014, 05:27 AM
7 Survival Tips That Could Save Your Life. #2 Is Awesome!
The Mind Unleashed
on 19 June, 2014 at 21:58

Have you ever wondered how to filter water, keep away the mosquitos or how to make a solar microwave? These tips might save your life one day.

1. Need some light in a pinch and a candle alone won’t cut it? Grab a soda can and cut open the sides, fold them out and place the candle in. This will reflect your light and give you some decent protection from the elements.

2. If you ever find yourself without a clean water source grab a piece of cloth and 2 containers. Put the dirty water in one container and run the cloth from it to the empty glass. After a short while you will have filtered, muck free water. Remember to boil..

3. Need to get a cooking fire going with minimal effort? Grab an empty egg carton and place charcoal into the slots. Seal it up, light a corner and enjoy.

4. If the mosquitoes are getting bad you can repel them easily using common household herbs. Since you already have that little cooking fire going, sprinkle some basil or drop some rosemary on the coals. The bugs can’t stand it and will stay far away.

5. How about a solar microwave? Grab a small food box and cut out a fold. Wrap the top in aluminum foil and line the inner box with it as well. Place your food inside and give it some time. You now have a solar charged grilled cheese sandwich.

6. Need to find the right direction home? Get a small sliver of metal such as a needle and rub it against your clothing several times. Place the needle on a leaf and float it in some water. The needle will point you North.

7. And finally, the emergency oil lamp. Grab some old cloth and bundle it up. Take a soda can and fill it about half way with olive oil. Place the cloth into the can and light. You have yourself a makeshift oil lamp that will last hours.