Re: Ground Cloths
Gerald Belton (gbelton@MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 13:06:57 -0500
>I know the Scout handbook calls for it under the tent. Are there any
>'inside the tent' folks out there and if so, what are the reason(s)?
I do it both ways (though not at the same time) and I think I have a good
reason for each of them.
When camping with the Scouts, I put my groundcloth under the tent. I do
this because that's the way the handbook says to do it, and I want to
re-inforce to the boys that we do things the "Scout way." And I want the
Scouts to put their groundcloths under their tents because the troop tents
get a lot of abuse. Putting the groundcloth under the tent makes the tent
floor last longer.
When camping on my own, the groundcloth goes inside the tent. I have found
through experience that I stay dryer that way. And believe me, when you
live in Louisiana you get a lot of chances to experiment with how to stay
dry in a rainstorm. My personal tent is not used as often (or abused as
much) as a troop tent, so I'm more concerned about keeping myself dry than
extending the life of the tent.
New Orleans Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City