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Cheap, REALLY cheap, utensils
wooden forks knives spoons 2.5 years ago, I blogged about the silliest ScoutStuff products which included wooden forks, knives, and spoons.

Evidently, I wasn't the only one that thought they were silly and they are now cut in price to only 17 cents a set! For $2.00, you can get 12 forks, knives, and spoons. That's 68 cents per scout for a weekend of four meals.

Now, I still think it's silly, but they do make a fun prize for patrol competitions and that sort of thing. (I've actually used them for that and the scouts got a kick out of it.) How about you help out the ol' BSA and pick up a case or two of these things so ScoutStuff can make room for more fleur-de-lis cookie cutters or grandpa's fireforks.

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Posted: 22:28 10-20-2010 531
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 Oct 25, 2010 - Deb
We just used these over the weekend while we were camping. We all enjoyed tossing them into the fire when we were finished instead of tossing them into the trash!
Oct 25, 2010 - Kenneth
Sorry to say, if these utensils are made from wood, specially the forks, they are very easy to break. Since they are make from wood, they are not environmental friendly too. Why don't we promote using metal utensils which can last for a life-time or generations ? It is not the price of purchase, it is the price on the environment, it is priceless.
Oct 25, 2010 - Kenneth
Think environmental people promote reduce the use of plastic bags. The key reason is to reduce disposable items, not limiting bags, lunch packaging, doggy bags, paper cups...etc. Scouts should take the lead in this goal. Just in our last camp, we need not use any disposable utensils, and cleanex, instead we use metal utensils and cloth hand towels. We wash them after and reuse them over and over like the old days.
Oct 27, 2010 - Mike Kelly
I'm torn on these....I can see both sides.These utensils are far better than anything plastic, which we disallow completely. On the other hand, a simple lock-back-style set of knife/spoon/fork, all of which seem to come with additional utensils a Scout will also need (screwdrivers, punches, etc.) is better than anything and are of course built to be used forever. These come in green nylon sheaths that mount on one's belt easily and eliminate the need for any other knife.

BUT... These wood utensils can be used as stated before for prizes and as a Leave No Trace Trainer in the Greater Cleveland Council I could make a case for using these.

I've made several calls and these utensils (the wooden ones) are made from wood that would otherwise be scraped or wind up in a land fill, however as a woodworker I'm a little troubled due to the effort and energy that go into making these really nice pieces of finished woodcraft.

Lastly, these can be used as excellent dry kindling in a pinch, or as splints for fingers. And trust me, they are neither silly nor weak. Silly is as silly does and how you choose to represent these to your Scouts and how the Scouts are taught use them is everything!!


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