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Camp Oakarro, 3/25/17

  • Dutch oven cooking went very well. New two-meal plus snacks protocol seems to work very well.
  • Orienteering program was successful, but occasionally frustrating. 
  • Sunday morning bug-out was quicker, easier and more organized than accomplished in quite some time. Credit to PL, QM and new tote system.

Lessons Learned

Camp Oakarro, 3/25/17
  • Preparing meal ingredients before leaving home is one heck of a time-saver.
  • A tin roof may keep you dry, but conversations suffer. Badly.
  • Premium charcoal is worth the price!
  • Our new coffeemaker needs a FULL propane bottle.
  • When using an aluminum dutch oven liner, be sure the bottom of the liner is in contact with the bottom of the oven.
  • Some ways of tying hiking boots are better than others.
  • Always, ALWAYS, check the compass rose on the map.
  • Removing a Black-Legged Tick HURTS!
  • Setting up an orienteering course is more work than it seems, especially using the old punch methods.
  • How to bake blueberry cobbler and chicken pot pie in a dutch oven. (Hint: don't use the same oven.)


Camp Blackhawk, Owasippe Scout Reservation, 6/24/17 - 7/8/17
  • Messrs. Schroeter's kybo upgrades are a rousing success! Bravo Zulu, gentlemen!
  • The pvc pipe mosquito net frames worked like a charm.
  • Mr. Witt's pool noodle idea worked like a charm on the popup canopy, but it was so damaged from previous use that it was abandoned.
  • Mr. Friedl's floorboard lifters failed in practice, but refinements to the implementation hold promise for next year.
Camp Oakarro, 3/25/17
  • When one out of three tents is serviceable, you'd better have a shelter to hide under. Tents must be re-evaluated.
  • Purchased a new dutch oven lid lifter.
  • Made a new lid lifter for the small-holed dutch oven lid. Included in dutch oven tote. Looks like a bent tent stake because it is.
  • Purchased a new stand for dutch oven lids.
  • Tote system is getting better, and further improvements will make camping much easier.