Hudo (Scouting)

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A hudo. The slit in the ground is just visible. On the right a pile of sand.
A hudo, seen from the inside. The vertical stem is for arm support; the horizontal one to sit on

A hudo is an outdoor pit toilet in a camp, with a tarpaulin for coverage. The name is in common use in Dutch and Belgian Scouting, and has international connotation.


The word hudo is derived from the Urdu word howdah, which is the covered carriage on elephants in India.[1] The word is attributed to Robert Baden-Powell, who introduced it into Scouting jargon, together with other non-English word such as jamboree (Swahili) and oubaas (Afrikaans).[citation needed]

Other wider known etymological explanations include the acronym of houd uw darmen open (Dutch for 'keep your bowels open') which has it analogy in kybo (English), and the contraction of hurkdoos (Dutch for 'squat loo'). The value of these explanations is questioned.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Hudo, okkendollen, tijgerval en Balkan" (PDF). NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 15 February 2002. 

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