Re: Webelos and Scout Sign
David Miller (ddm@CS.ST-ANDREWS.AC.UK)
Wed, 26 Oct 1994 16:05:42 GMT
Subject: tents Help??
> I know this subject is dead but,can someone please tell me what kind of
> eureak tent I can buy.I live in england...for 2 people with a ground sheet!!
> thanks in advance.
Eureka is not a major brand name in the UK, but I believe they are
now trying to market in some other European countries. Your best bet for
a decent range of hike tents in the UK is probably Vango. Range includes:
Force Ten - heavy duty cotton hike tents, with traditional A-frame.
Various sizes from 1-man to 5-man, with extended flysheets. This
is an old design, but spares are widely available.
Discovery - Budget series, including several domes and tunnel tents
of different sizes. Several local Troops have the mid-size dome and
have nothing but praise.
Hurricane - more stable tunnel tent. Inner and fly pitch together, and
it can pitch faster than anything else I've seen. Alpha is a tight
2-man tent; Beta is 2/3-man. Both light enough for one man to carry.
(I use a Hurricane Beta.)
If in any doubt, go to a reputable camping store and ask for advice.
There's a "Camping and Outdoor Centre" in London, and they do mail order.
(They are the retail chain owned by Scoutshops.)
To answer Gino's question, Patrol Tents are still in use in this country,
but small tents are slowly taking over. The main Patrol tents are also
made by Vango, which used to be called Blacks. Tents are around 12'x8',
(3.65x2.45m) and sleep up to 6 Scouts. Ex-army 14-footers (4.2m square)
are also in use, with sleeping on one side and cooking on the other.
The big tents are very robust, standing up to more extreme weather
conditions, and surviving Scouts better. Many don't have zippers, instead
using "dutch lacing" at the doors. Lifetime for a Patrol tent in regular
use is measured in decades.
The small tents have the advantage of flexibility. Many Patrols are now
mixed and need at least two tents. Four cheap hike tents cost about the
same as one good Patrol tent. They are also better suited for mobile
camps, with pitching and striking times far quicker than the big tents.
I'm back at University here for a few weeks, and trying to catch up with
a year's worth of SCOUTS-L. Boy, is the list ever busy!
David D. Miller
Scouting in Europe - A Unique Experience
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City