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FROM THE BLOG A Post-Campout Checklist for Scouts


Editor’s Note: The following post is excerpted from our official blog, Bryan on Scouting (blog.scoutingmagazine.org). Check in every weekday for BSA news, helpful tips and inspiring stories.


It’s Sunday night after a fun but exhausting weekend of camping. But before your Scout or Venturer


collapses on the couch with a book, favorite show or videogame, hand them this post-campout checklist. It’s sure to make the transition


from Scouting on Sunday to school on Monday much easier. The ideas come from Lombard, Ill., Scouter Sherrie Nielsen, a 23-year Scouting veteran. 1DRY YOUR TENT AND GEAR: Just say no to mold. Put your tent up to dry right away, preferably outside or in the garage. Do the same with your sleep- ing bag, rain jacket and anything else that might still be damp. 2 WASH YOUR CLOTHES: Head straight for the laundry room. Take out your dirty shirts, pants, shorts, bandanas, jackets, socks, underwear, towels … and whatever else needs to be thrown in the washer. 3PUT AWAY FOOD: Divide leftover food among the patrol or throw it out. 4TAKE A SHOWER: That foul smell? Yeah, it’s you. 5APPLY BITE TREATMENT: Insect bites are a common side effect of a fun Scouting adventure. Some troops/ crews carry bite-relief sticks to imme- diately remove that itchy feeling. 6CARE FOR THOSE FEET: See peeling skin around your toes or the bottoms of your feet? That might be athlete’s foot, especially if you were recently in a


shower used by other Scouts. Blisters? Treat them with moleskin padding. 7WATCH FOR FLEAS AND TICKS: Grab a flea or tick comb to comb through your own hair. Or have a parent do the check. 8HAVE A HEADACHE? Don’t rush for the aspirin just yet. Instead, drink some water. 9ORGANIZE THOSE ADVANCEMENT RECORDS: Record the campout in your


Boy Scout Handbook, marking down how many nights you were camping. Note any merit badge progress you’ve


made. 10 RELAX: Now you can enjoy your favorite game, book or show. But wait: Is your homework done? What’s missing from the list? Read what other Scouters suggested and find a printable version at bit.ly/ postcampout.


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