Scouts are prepared with tough new kit boxes

Every Scout makes a promise to keep the Scout Law, and for one Troop in Lancashire part of that pledge has been made easier thanks to online retailer PlasticBoxShop.

“Part of the Scout Law is that a Scout ‘is careful of possessions and property’,” said Doris Haigh, Group Scout Leader of the 1st Earby Scouts.

“We try to impress this on all the young people in every section of our Troop ─ Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. But the truth is our camping gear had got into a shocking state and we weren’t being careful of it at all.”

The problem for the thriving Scout Troop was the motley collection of containers its gear was kept in, from plastic bags to old supermarket delivery crates and collapsed cardboard boxes.

“It was just various boxes and crates we’d accumulated over the years,” said Doris, “but it wasn’t up to the job and every time we went camping our gear would get wet, muddy or lost. We decided it was time to get our kit in order and live up to the Scout motto ─ to ‘Be Prepared’ for our first camping trip of the year.”

The 1st Earby Scouts and Cubs with their previous collection of old crates and bags used to store their camping gear, and with their new tough boxes from online retailer PlasticBoxShop.

The 1st Earby Scouts and Cubs with their previous collection of old crates and bags used to store their camping gear, and with their new tough boxes from online retailer PlasticBoxShop.

As a troop activity the Scouts made a checklist; their camping kit boxes had to come in various sizes to accommodate their gear, they had to be waterproof with securely fitting lids, they had to be easy to clean and they had to stackable and nest inside each other to save on space when not in use. Above all they had to be super-tough to survive the rigours of outdoor life on camp for many years to come, including transporting across fields in bouncing  trailers.

“Having got our checklist we decided the easiest way to go shopping was online, so we typed in ‘plastic boxes’ and top of the results list was www.plasticboxshop.co.uk,” added Doris. “They had a huge range of boxes on the website and we quickly found these new Wham BamBoxes, which met all our requirements. They were even available in green, which was the Scouts’ preferred colour!

“They are a bit more expensive, but we’ve had cheap plastic boxes before and they just split first time out so it was a false economy. We also saved by using the multibuy pack prices and got free delivery too.”

Cleaning and sorting their camping gear and packing it neatly away in their new British-made Wham BamBoxes proved another good troop night activity for the Cubs and Scouts, reinforcing their promise to take good care of their kit. Now they can’t wait to test them out on their first camp of the year, coming up soon.

“For the first time in years we will be prepared for camp, and the new boxes really are strong and hardwearing, so I’m sure we’ll get many years’ use out of them,” added Group Scout Leader Doris.

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