Trio of Trees

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I was a Girl Scout. Yup, a card carrying, sash wearing, dressed in green Girl Scout, which ‘may’ have contributed to my preparedness lifestyle.

We had summer camp every year and each year one of the troop’s fathers would go out to the purported campsite and dig us a latrine. The bathroom spot was always in the midst of a trio of trees. This placement allowed for a canvas tarp to be tied around the three tree trunks affording us some privacy. To this day, when I spot a trio of trees, I think ‘that’s a good spot for a latrine.’

Post Hole Digger
Post Hole Digger

I’ve dug a few holes in my day and one of the places you don’t want to dig a hole is beside a tree. The spot will be rife with tree-roots and make for hard digging. An open, flat area is much easier to dig. Fence posts could replace the trees and a cheap plastic tarp could suffice as cover.

Today’s Scouts, more likely than not, have actual bathroom facilities and it’s been awhile since I’ve heard anyone mention digging a latrine. But then I stumbled across this pop-up privacy tent on the big AZ and thought how nice that would have been back in the day. Complete privacy!

privacy tent
privacy tent

One of these could be used, with the fam, on the back forty (for the shy members of the family), fishing at the lake, camping, for changing at the beach…. AND it folds flat for the road.