Re: Sleeping Bags
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Mon, 24 Oct 1994 11:24:35 PDT
Remember that you can extend the range of a sleeping bag by what you wear
in it. We require that all of our scouts own polypro or equivalent long
underwear that will continue to insulate even when wet. We encourage
them to wear their "long johns" as pajamas.
One year at summer camp, we had 48 hours of continuous rain. The boys
learned something about the effectiveness of discount store tents, cheap
raingear, and polypro underwear. For some, that may have been the only
thing to keep them warm. While we encourage the parents to buy equipment
carefully and with some consultation with experienced leaders and parents,
some cannot resist that $39.99 special on tents even after we tell them
they will not keep a kid and his stuff dry.
For sleeping bags for a boy, I would recommend a synthetic fill good to at
least 35 F and capable of being machine washed. Combined with long
underwear, that will take a Scout through just about anything short of
camping in the snow.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City