Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stinky and Sticky

I hate cleaning.  I really do. 

Do you remember the rule that says that if you cooked you don't have to clean up?  I like that rule, but it looks like I'm not going to get the luxury of that rule with the Boy Scout troop.  How do I set that in motion?

After the Iron Chef competition, Mike sent the scouts home with the pots they cooked their masterpieces in.  We didn't get those pots back and were stuck when it came to cooking at the campout last weekend.  We had to scrounge for pots big enough for what we were cooking.

So, Mike was reluctant to send the kids home with stuff to clean after this trip.  Does that mean that I'm stuck cleaning after every campout?  Five crates and two coolers of food, gear, and pots.  Two of the crates held stinky, sticky crud that should have been put into the coolers.  I'd expected that I could rest a bit on Sunday afternoon after I'd cleaned out the coolers.  I'd hoped I could finish the crates on Monday since, or so I thought, I had already unloaded all the perishables.  Not so.  Yogurt spilled and festered inside one crate.  Sticky lemonade seeped out of the top of the drink dispenser, gumming up a cooler, carpet in our truck, the tailgate, and two sets of clothing.  A jar of relish didn't have the lid screwed on tight and dripped into the bottom of another crate.  All of the condiments were put into the crates instead of the cooler and had to get thrown out from sitting out too long.  I had to throw away plastic cups, a fresh box of Ziploc bags, along with a whole package of sweaty flour tortillas. 

So, how do I let these people know that I have no intention of doing this after every camping trip?  How do I make it so that I'm not shouldering the entire cleanup process?  How do I get them to understand that the way they pack up at the end of a campout can mean the difference between me helping and me quitting? Good questions. 

I don't have the answers.

Thank you for listening, jb


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