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From the 4th edition of the Boy Scouts of American Handbook printed in 1939, page 488 offers some great tent handicraft projects. Usually made out of canvas, these tents were very basic, but effective designs for scouts to build themselves. For the most part, Scouts now a days do not know the art form of making your own tent. Instead, with prices being so low, it is more cost effective and easier to just go to the store and purchase your three man, nylon, waterproof tent for about twenty five dollars. A fun and less expensive variation, if looking at experiment in making your own tent, is using tarps.
Open Outing Tent With Hood -- This can be made from thirteen yards of 8 oz. duck canvas, which costs very little.
A Tent For Mosuito Country -- Offered by the editor as being especially adapted for use in mosquito country in hot weather. Tent has florr cloth and weather flaps over cheese-cloth windows, and two puckering-string round doors, also with flaps.
- 100% Cotton Balls
- Petroleum Jelly (any brand works)
- Bag to store in (close-able plastic bag)
Cooking this meal can complete requirements for the Cooking Merit Badge along with your rank advancements.
This is a favorite for my scouts on camp-outs. Needless to say, we do not make this while backpacking.
1 pound pork sausage
1 onion - chopped
1 green bell pepper - chopped
1 red bell pepper - chopped
1 clove garlic - Minced
1 (2 pound) package frozen / shredded hash-browns
12 eggs - beaten
1 pound cheese - shredded
Build a campfire and allow the fire to burn until it has accumulated a bed of coals. Or use charcoal briquettes.
Cook and stir the sausage, onion, and garlic in a 12-inch cast iron Dutch oven with lid, raised over the coals to medium-high heat, until the sausage is no longer pink and the onion is tender. Stir in the red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and hash brown potatoes until evenly mixed. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the hash browns are hot and the peppers are tender, about 15 minutes.
Pour the beaten eggs evenly over the top of the potatoes, allowing them to sink into the potatoes. Cover the Dutch oven, and place 6 to 9 coals underneath, and 12 to 18 on top. Allow to bake until the eggs are firm, about 40 minutes. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese, cover, and continue cooking until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.
Servings: 12.... 'ish (scouts are always hungry!)
Total prep and cook time: 1.5 hours
Budget: (full price) $17.00 - $1.42/serving