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Making A Camp

By Forest Ang

......This manual focuses on tropical countries.....

Selection Of Campsite

The following situations should be taken into consideration:

  1. Pitch tent away from flooding river.
  2. Watch for loose/dead branches overhead.
  3. Camp in area with easy access to a water source.
  4. Ground should be fairly level.
  5. Avoid wind blowing direction.
  6. Camp away from the highest point to avoid lightning strike.

Selection Of Kitchen

A kitchen is essential in replenishing our energy. The following consideration while choosing a site:

  1. Smoke does not blow in the direction of the tent.
  2. Kitchen blocked from blowing wind.
  3. Use established kitchen.
  4. Don't cut trees to make fire.
  5. Use gas, petrol or wax for fuel.

Garbage Pit

It is essential to keep the environment in its natural state. The following is taken into consideration in disposing of garbage.

  1. Garbage pit be used to bury biodegradable wastes.
  2. On high attitude, garbage does not disintergrate fast enough as in hot, humid lowland.
  3. Carry out all glasses, plastics, alluminum and stainless wares out of camp.


Where no toilet is available, temporary trench is necessary.

  1. Never allow a member to use water source for cleaning purpose.
  2. All faeces should be buried at least 6 inches deep.
  3. Built trenches downhill and away from water source.


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