I learned something discouraging today. I'm older than duct tape. (And if that's not bad enough, I'm older than Smoky the bear, too.)
Duct tape was first created and manufactured in 1942 for waterproofing ammunition cases during WWII. That's where name duck tape came from. After the war, this versatile tape became popular for connecting heating and AC duct work.
So much for the trivia.
Memories of my kidhood are what inspired this ible. My Dad and Grandad were both avid hunters and outdoorsmen. This little apple didn't fall very far from the tree. I grew up camping, hunting and fishing and I learned a few common, no-nonsense camping rules along the way.
The first rule: You pack it in, you pack it out.
The second rule: Always leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.
Now janitor duty wasn't exactly on my list of fun things to do, but sassing or arguing with Grandad was a sure way of getting spanked or even worse: spending the day inside the tent.
If you're teaching your kids like my Dad and Grandad taught me, this new-fangled Camp Cleaning stick will come in handy and be appreciated by the young picker-uppers. They might even learn to think twice when they're tempted to litter.
If you're the picker-upper, you'll probably appreciate the act of NOT bending over.
Mother nature will appreciate the clean up effort, too.
This stick can be used to pick up trash from the ground or blown into trees.
It'll work as a fruit picker.
It also makes for a formidable, dangerous weapon that could severely injure another person or animal.
Carefully consider the age, reliability and general sensibility of anyone before handing it over to them. This isn't a toy.
Updated: The newest images are of a Camp cleaning stick I made from a 4' broom handle. I liked this tool so much I decided to make a sleeker version that I can easily pack with my other camping gear and toss in the bed of my pickup. I drilled 3 holes in a tennis ball so it would fit over the nails and act as a cap. This is for safety when the stick is not in use. I followed the construction exactly as previously described.
Step 1: Tools you'll need
1 long, sturdy stick or broom handle. I used a 4' stick.
3 long nails w/ heads. I used 6" nails.
2 short finishing nails
You also need 1 empty toilet paper roll that is completely covered (waterproofed) with duct tape. This will become known as a TP slider later in this ible. It's purpose is to push gathered trash from the stick so you won't have to touch the trash. By waterproofing the TP slider, wet trash won't compromise it's construction.