Tue, 18 Oct 1994 09:50:29 -0700
I feel that a few comments are needed here on the issue of tents.
First, Olan Watkins wrote concerning dome tents...
"My personal choice would not be the dome type tents for Scouts. The
"fiberglass poles are some what brittle and a little on the delicate side,
"and when you break one of the poles for a dome tent, your tent is pretty
"much of no use. My choice would be more likely, the Timberline Euraka type
Wile I must agree with Olan on his choice of tent, the fiberglass poles
can be repaired or sections replaced if necessary. It's not an easy job,
but $5.00 for a replacement tent pole section beats $40 - $?? for a new tent.
Then Gino Lucrezi asked about larger tents.
"I have read all of you mentioning two to four people tents, never
"bigger ones. Here in Italy, almost all Troops use almost always
"Patrol-sized tents for Camping, while Rovers use always 2-3 people
"tents. When some Scout needs to go hiking he'll borrow a smaller tent
"from some rover.
I'm not sure of all of the reasons why the "cabin" tents are not used
much over here, but I can think of two. I do know that one reason is
cost. You can buy several good 2-4 man tents for what it would cost to
buy a GOOD cabin tent. An inexpensive cabin tent might well last a
FAMILY for several years. The same tent probably wouldn't last more
than 2-3 campouts with the kind of treatment they are likely to get from
Boy Scouts. A second reason might be that while 2 young boys can put up
most small tents by themselves (self-sufficiency), to set up a cabin tent
for a partol would require the leader's help. (I don't know of very many
11-12 year old boys who could stand in the middle of a cabin tent and hold
up the ridge pole while another BOY sets the braces. That pole should be
held at six feet or better.) I don't think it would be that easy for a
group of younger boys to set up that kind of a tent.
Just my $0.02.
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
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