Make It to Take It Camp
Stitch it Together Try-It #5
Making your own dunk bags is easy. 3rd year Brownies can make
these with a little instruction, 1st year Brownies will need
several meetings to complete this project as is does require
some hand eye coordination.
Netting, with larger holes, width 65" to 70", off the bolt need 2
feet per girl (for 3 girls need 2 yards material)
Yarn - Acrylic worsted weight 4 ply, 2 yards per girl, 1 skein
should be plenty for most troops
Yarn Needles - blunt-tip and large eye (plastic ones are
usually blue, may be called plastic canvas needles), one per girl or sew in
Cording - rope or heavy string, 2' per bag
1. GET THE MATERIAL READY-cut the netting in 2 foot sections
as it comes off of the bolt. You will need 2' per dunk bag.
Open the netting all the way up and smooth it out flat. You
have a rectangle shaped piece of netting. Fold it in half so
that the 2' sections meet. You now have a smaller rectangle
approximately 35" across and 2' long. Fold it in half again,
you should now have a rectangle that is approximately 16"
across and 2' long. The top and bottom on the rectangle are
open. One side of the rectangle is 2 folded edges tucked
inside of each other. The other side is a folded edge and 2
raw edges. This is the side that must be sewn. Tack or Pin
2. THREAD THE NEEDLES-most girl can easily thread
the large eyed yarn needles and as the needles have a round
safe point this is pretty safe for them to do with little
supervision. A small flattened piece of paper folded over the
end of a raw edge of yarn can be used to help feed it into the
eye of needle if the girls have trouble. Each girl needs
approximately 2 yards of yarn. Have extra on hand for mess ups
3. 1ST SEAM-As we are sewing netting, it has the advantage of
already having holes in it. It is very easy to get a needle in
and out of. Instruct the girls to hold the material with their
left hand and sew with their right going in and out of the
material. More than 1 stitch can be put on a needle at a time
and this makes the sewing quick and easy. The perfectionists
can use a black marker and mark the seam allowance on the
netting so the girls have a line to follow. 1/2" or 1" are
both fine and a zig-zag doesn't hurt the finished product. The
important thing is that all 4 layers of netting are caught in
each stitch. Small stitches are fine but larger ones are ok
too. Of course stitches can be too large. Most stitches should
be 1" or smaller (length of the top of their thumbs) Make sure
that they pull the yarn all the way through the material after
each stitch. If the netting begins to bunch up, have them pull
back on the netting until the material is flat again. Have the
girls sew from the bottom to the top of the piece of netting.
When they reach the top they are ready for seam two. Do not
tie off yard or cut, leave needle in yarn.
4. 2ND SEAM-They girls have now created a double layer tube.
They can separate the layers and put their arms into the
center of the tube. The tube needs to be opened and the
girls need to hold onto the outer 2 layers of netting that
make up the tube. They should hold the tube open at the top at
the point that they finished their first seam. They need to do
a running stitch all the way around the circle going through
only 2 layers of netting. They stop when they get back to the
first seam. The girl pulls gently (so yarn does not break) and
draws the circle up until the opening has been closed. A small
puff is formed. The thread should be run through this several
times and then the yarn should be tied off( leader will need
to make sure this is tied off securely).
5. We have one opening left. Turn the work so that this open
end is now the top. Fold both layers of netting to the
outside, like you are making a cuff. Fold over approximately
2". Starting at the main seam, use a running stitch keeping
the tube open, sew through all four layers in the outer
circle, sewing as close to edge as possible. This will make
the casing for the pull string to go through and it does not
need to be too narrow. Tie off securely.
6. Turn inside out. Puff should now be on inside of bag at
bottom. Cut small slit in the casing on inside of bag, for the
pull string to be fed through. My husband used a click ink
pen. He used the clip end to catch the string and fed it
through easily. I found that using a needle caught in the
netting too much. After feeding cording or string through
casing, tie the ends together to prevent losing it when bag is
opened or closed. Pull string and check it out. You have just
created an easy DUNK BAG!!!!
Take a 3 pound pretzel can (or
potato chip) and lay it on it's side. Draw a line 1/3 the
distance between the table and the top of the can on both
sides of the can. This is where the oven rack will be. Punch
(or drill) small holes about 1-1/2" apart down the line on
each side. The holes need to be large enough for a metal coat
hanger to fit through.
wire coat hangers and straighten them out. Cut them so that
you have enough straight pieces for the number of holes. You
can get two wires out of each hanger. Put the wires in the
holes on one side of the can and out the holes on the other
side. This is your rack.
If you have the
lid, cut the bottom 1/3 off and file the edge. Make sure the
lid covers the area above the rack. This is your oven door.
You can just make a door out of heavy duty aluminum foil if
you don't have a lid.
Get a small pie
pan or Jiffy Pop tin (I prefer the Jiffy pop because they have
a handle) to use for your coals. Contour the pie plate to the
bottom of the can.
To Use: lay the
can on the ground and secure it with logs, rocks, etc to keep
it from rolling. Light your coals in the pie plate OUTSIDE THE
OVEN. (One briquette = 40 degrees F) After the coals are
white, put them in the can and put the lid on. Preheat the
oven, with the lid on, for a short time while you prepare your
cake/muffins/pizza, etc. Cook your food for the amount of time
called for in your recipe.
charcoal and make sure you start out with full briquettes. If
the weather is cold, you need to use more coals, cook food
longer or really insulate the oven. Try not to open the door
until the allotted time as much heat escapes that way.
Use the top, elastic part of a NEW tube sock and cut off the
bottom. (If using old socks must make sure still has lots of
elastic left in them) Turn inside out and stitch the bottom
closed. Sew a long, wide ribbon or fabric tube onto the top to
make the strap. Make it long enough so that you can put it
over your shoulder or longer to go over your head and
diagonally across your chest. Why not tie dye or decorate with
These are a definite step up from
the tablecloth and newspaper of the traditional sit-upons.
They give all the girls a seat around the fire and help keep
the loose items like hats, water bottles, and bug spray from
5 gallon new (empty) paint buckets with sturdy lids (see tips
Permanent markers or "Painters" paint markers
Paints and sponges, optional
First thing you need to do is remove the tear strip from the
lid! If you can't pull it off by hand you can use the pliers
to help you get a firmer grip. Let the children use markers or
paint and sponges to decorate their paint buckets and label
them. Give each child a list of supplies they need to bring to
camp and have them bring it in their bucket.
the paint buckets through your local Home Improvement or Paint
Store. Ask if they will donate them, some stores are very
helpful. Note: The paint and markers being applied to a slick
surface is likely to chip. If you would like to mix in equal
parts of Plaid Folk Art paint with Glass & Tile medium the
paint may adhere better.
Now get creative
and make a vinyl covered cushion to put on the lid. Form the
vinyl over a cardboard circle ,stuff, then pull tight and
staple or glue and insert into center of lid. Now you have a
2 cardboard tubes from clothes hangers for pants
1 reg. clothes hanger
Straighten the regular clothes hanger (leave hanger twisted
together). Cut clothes hanger in half (You will have two
prongs). Insert twisted part of regular clothes hanger into
cardboard tube from pants hanger. (This is your roaster with a
handle) The other cardboard tube will be your storage case.
Just insert prong end of roaster into cardboard tube for
A Buddy Burner is a self contained
heat cooking source made from simple, readily available
household items. And....its really cool and fun to make!!
empty tuna can (or other small tin can)
1. Cut the cardboard strips to a width a little wider than the
tuna can is deep.
2. Roll the strips up so they will fit in the can. This will
be the wick for the burner.
3. Melt the wax (a double boiler works well). Fill the can
with wax, while the wax is soft, put the cardboard in the wax
and let it harden.
TIP: Instead of using rolling
cardboard and wax, you can dip sugar gum balls in paraffin to
use in your Buddy Burner. You can regulate the heat more this
way. 1 gum ball is about 30 degrees. If food is cooking too
fast take out a gum ball. Too slow add another one. These
dipped gum balls are also a great fire starter.
Vagabond Stove is the self
contained cooking surface or stove top for your outdoor
cooker. These stoves can be easily made by the girls for their
personal cooking on a campout.
#10 food can
keyhole or Church-key Can Punch
hammer or rock
1. At the open end of an empty #10 food can make a flap by
cutting 2 3" long cuts up the can 3" apart, push flap up into
can, cut diagonally 1/2" next to top of flap and using plyers
pinch sharp edges into the can and flatten for safety.
2. 4. Using the can opener, punch several holes in the side of
the can near the top and several near the bottom. This will
create a chimney effect to feed air to the fire.
5. Light the candle you made and place the larger can over the
top. This should only be done outdoors as there is some smoke,
mostly when you blow out the candle.
6. Your Buddy Burner is now ready to cook. It should last a
couple of hours. Use a pie tin as a frying pan. Try aluminum
foil cooking (this works great for s'mores). Put another can
over the top of your burner to create an oven effect.
candle wax from the craft store
OR old candle stubs
OR paraffin blocks from the canning department of your local
1. Wax must be melted in a double boiler. This can be achieved
by using a metal can large enough for your largest pine cone
to set into with at least two inches head room above the pine
cone. Place a mark on the can at the top of your largest pine
cone (a coffee can usually works well).
2. Place the can in a pan of water on the stove. Add broken
pieces of wax or candle stubs to the can and allow to melt on
medium to low heat until the liquid wax reaches your mark.
3. Tie a string around a few of the scales. Holding the string
dip the pine cone slowly into the liquid wax. Remove and allow
to drip over the can until it stops. Place on wax paper and
allow to completely harden.
Pine cones can be arranged in a basket or other container . To
use as a fire starter place the pine cone on top of the
kindling and light the edge of one of the scales.
--Use sugar gum balls dipped in paraffin as firestarters.
-- Fill cardboard egg cartons with dryer lint, add a short
piece of twine to act as a wick and pour left over paraffin
into each egg cup. Tear off each section individually to
use as a fire starter.
If you are going to be using a dutch oven, a charcoal starter
is a must. This is a great and safe way to get those
#10 can or 3lb. coffee can
wire coat hanger
1. With a can punch, place holes through the sides of a #10
can or a 3 lb. coffee can around the bottom edge. Be careful
not to punch through the can seam. 2. Make two holes near the
top rim of the can opposite one another. Make a handle from
picture wire, mirror wire or a coat hanger and attach it
through the two holes. 3. Place shredded newspaper in bottom
of can. Appx 2" worth. Make sure that pieces of the paper
stick out of each of the four bottom holes as wicks. Add
briquettes to chimney and light paper. Coals should be ready
in about 20 minutes.
4. When briquettes are ready, remove with tongs and place
where needed. Fire gloves should be used and long handled
5. If can needs to be moved before it is cool use long handle
locking pliers that will clamp onto can. Fire gloves should be
worn. Use handle only when can is cool. (adult job)
Hand Wash Station
1 gallon size plastic container with a handle and a cap (eg
milk jug, vinegar bottle, laundry detergent bottle)
pencil or stick
string or rope
1 leg of pantyhose (or a nylon knee high)
bar of soap
1. With knife cut small slice or hole in side of jug on the
opposite side as handle low about 1" from bottom of container.
Hole should be smaller than pencil or stick being used.
2. Slide pencil into hole about 1/2 way, should have a tight
fit. Fill container with water and replace cap. Put rope
through handle of jug and hang it in a convenient location
away from ground water or tie it to fence pole etc.
3. Pencil should point to the area where the girls will stand
to wash their hands. Put a bar of antibacterial soap in the
toe of the hose and tie the open end around the bottom part of
handle of jug. Hose should sag down so that soap is below jug
and accessible for use.
4. A bucket should be placed beneath the jug to catch the
waste water created.
To use a girl slides the pencil out about 2 to 3 " and water
will flow off the end of pencil in a small stream just right
for hand washing. To stop flow of water simply push pencil
back in. (too large of hole in jug will cause water to leak
This is a must for kitchen set up.
NOTE: Waste Water must be
disposed of 200' from any water source.
Trips to the shower house are much easier when the girls have
a ditty bag to carry their personal toiletries in.
Plastic gallon bleach jug or liquid soap jug, cut off top
where it begins to curve in toward spout
Length of 10 inch wide fabric, cotton/poly is good (enough to
go around circumference of jug, plus seam allowance)
Length of sturdy cording, circumference of jug, plus a foot or
1. Using a paper punch, make holes around top (the cut off
end) of jug. spaced about 1/2 inch apart.
2. Sew the material into a tube the diameter of the jug plus
2" or so. One end of tube gets folded over and a casing made
to run a draw string through. A folded hem is put in other end
of tube (this can be sewn) ,and using cord threaded in large
size needle, attach fabric to jug sewing in and out of hole
punches in top of jug.
3.Tie the cord ends in a square knot (reef knot).
Place personal toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste etc. in base
of jug. The draw string closes the top. The plastic base is
great on wet sink counters, and keeps all items together. The
draw string loop also makes a handy carry strap and the loop
will hang on door or towel hooks.