Re: Moldy Tent
Chaplain Morrison (aettch@EMAIL.GRAFENWOEHR.ARMY.MIL)
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 10:36:42 -0500
I don't know if there is any way to eliminate the mold without damaging the
tent fibers and leaving the material impregnated with a chemical smell.
Both mold and a strong chemical residue could be very difficult (even
dangerous) for someone who has alergies or asthema. I believe the tent is
ruined and the scout/his family should have to replace it. One of the things
we are trying to teach is responsibility. Along with benefits of
responsibility come the consequences of irresponsibility.
With my own tent, I stuff it wet into a LARGE bag when I leave the campsite
and that (large bag) reminds me that the tent has to be dried and aired out
before it is folded, rolled, or stuffed away until the next time I have to
I do fold my tent, then I roll it inside my ground sheet and put that roll
inside the storage sack which came with the tent. The ground sheet protects
the tent from abraision when it is put in the storage sack.
Poles and stakes go in a separate bag.
Why was the scout allowed to take the troop's tent home. Care of equipment
should be a supervised activity done by the patrol/troop at the scout hut as
a group activity following a camping event.
If he was loaned the tent for a non-scout activity, then the destruction of
the tent should be reason to require restitution.
TCC, BSA Troop 261
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City