Murphy’s Laws of Camping

on January 23, 2009 in camping, Humor

We have all heard of Murphy’s Law which states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Mark W. at ScoutingManiac has recently blogged about a list of Murphy’s Laws of Camping which he found at the Boy Scout Trail website. You have got to read these. A few of them really are too true. Here are a few of the forty laws listed on the site:

  1. When reading the instructions of a pump-activated water filter, ‘hour’ should be substituted for ‘minute’ when reading the average quarts filtered per minute.
  2. A backpack’s weight load migrates up and back the longer it is in motion.
  3. All tree branches in a forest grow outward from their respective trunks at exactly the height of your nose. If you are male, tree branches will also grow at groin height.
  4. Swiss Army Knife toothpicks and tweezers evaporate open contact with air.
  5. Rain happens.
  6. Waterproof clothing isn’t. (However, it is 100% effective at containing sweat).
  7. Non-stick pans aren’t.
  8. Waterproof matches aren’t.
  9. One size fits all don’t.
  10. Anything bug-proof isn’t.
  11. A backpack’s weight is not affected by the amount of food eaten out of it.
  12. The minimum temperature rating for any sleeping bag raises as the external temperature lowers.
  13. Ropes holding bear bags stretch.
  14. The loudness of an animal at night grows as the size of the animal shrinks.


One Response to “Murphy’s Laws of Camping”

  1. ADC Kris says:

    Those are GREAT. A must share with any troop!!!

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