Ground cloth debate: inside or outside?
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 10:38:40 EST
It always amazes me how topics on this list eerily appear just after
they've been discussed in my unit (coincidence? I think not!!! :<) ).
For example, at the last troop meeting, my SPL gave a training talk on
a standard list of equipment each scout should have packed and ready
to go for camping trips, and one item was a plastic ground cloth. I
suggested during the discussion that one could cut it to the exact
shape of the bottom of the tent, so you could put it on the ground
without having to fold the edges under or anything like that.
One of the scouts looked at me like I was insane, and said that he
always put it inside the tent, as my predecessor as SM had suggested
they do. I must confess, I had never heard of the idea of putting a
ground cloth inside a tent before, but this scout insisted that it
worked just fine for him.
Now I find that this is a raging topic of discussion amongst
backpackers (my predecessor is obviously an "insider"). I guess it
just goes to show you can always learn new tricks.
I have never tried putting a ground cloth inside a tent before, but
based on the discussion I've seen, I think I'll stay an "outsider". I
agree that the major problem with an outside approach is if the edges
of the ground cloth stick out beyond the edge of the tent, the plastic
acts as a water collector. But this can be solved by folding the
edges underneath the tent (this takes all of a minute), or by cutting
the ground cloth to exactly fit the shape of the tent.
However, if my scouts want to put their ground cloths inside their
tents, that's okay by me.
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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