Clean Up

  • Once the food is all gone, use the leftover hot water (no longer boiling and now warm) to pour into the dirty food pot, now referred to as the “wash pot”. Add 3-4 drops of Campsuds® biodegradable soap into the wash pot and cut a small 1.5” x 2” piece off of a scrubby pad.
  • Pour one quart of water into the pot that was used to boil the water originally. This pot is now referred to as the “rinse pot”.
  • Gather all dishes and utensils used in the dinner and begin scrubbing them in the wash pot starting with the cleanest items first, rinsing them in the rinse pot, and stacking them up by the sump to dry for the night.
  • Once all the dishes are cleaned, scrub the wash pot of all the food particles and bring the wash pot, rinse pot, food strainer, scraper, and two yum-yum (Ziploc®) bags over to the sump.


  • Pour the wash water through the food strainer and into the sump.
  • Use the scraper to remove all food particles from the food strainer and place the food particles into one yum-yum bag.
  • Pour the rinse water into the wash pot and swirl around to rinse out any remaining soap or food.
  • Pour the rinse water out of the wash pot through the food strainer and into the sump.
  • Clean away any food particles from the food strainer and sump screen by using the scraper. Place the food particles and used scrubby pad in the yum-yum bag and treat as trash by hanging them up in the oops bag at night.
  • Place the food strainer and scraper into the un-used yum-yum bag and also hang them up in the oops bag at night.

Hang oops bag

  • Let crew members brush their teeth, remove their contacts, take medication, etc.
  • Have every crew member double check their pockets, pack, and the campsite in general for any smellables.
  • Pack up all trash, food, ditty bags, first aid kit, and smellable water bottles into the oops bag. Ideally, smellable water bottles should be empty so that the oops bag is not as heavy to lift.
  • In order to save space, you should clip your smellable bottles onto the oops rope, outside of the bags.
  • Tie the oops bag to the oops line, raise the bag, and tie-off to two unused trees using sticks around the trunk.


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.