Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Mon, 4 Nov 1996 09:26:11 EST
Glenn E Schwartzberg asked for suggestions on tents for (I believe)
Scoutmaster's use. For that application I recommend the Siera Designs
Flashlight II. It is reasonably priced, weather tight and very light
weight. It is NOT durable enough for Scouts, however, and I'd never
opt for it to be used by patrols. It does have some other negatives,
too. It is not freestanding and with the rainfly on it gets quite
stuffy in warm weather. For the price and weight (less than 4 pounds)
it is my first choice for a backpacking tent.
Mike Norman had questions on his troop buying tents and procedures
relating to that decision.
Pros/cons of troop ownership of tents.
Except for the con of having to come up with the $ it is all pro from
my view. Having gear to inventory, maintain and keep up with makes the
Quartermaster's job meaningful. Using the troop's tents makes it easier
to be sure all Scouts have suitable shelter. Having used the same gear
for some time gives the older Scouts the skill to teach the "newbies"
how to set up and care for the troop's tents. It requires the boys in
each patrol to bunk together, divide up who carries what and determine
who must take the tent home and dry it after each outing.
Damage: Normal wear & tear should be absorbed by the troop. In a heavy
use situation like troop camping the tents will be damaged, being stuck
with a tent with a few flaws created by someone elses lack of concern can
be a useful learning tool. Deliberate abuse should be the responsibility
of the offending Scout. In between cases should be evaluated on an
>Should we use a check out system?
Heck yes! As mentioned above that's the QM's job. All of our tents
are numbered (as is the rest of the troop gear). Our Scouts are
supposed to check the tent when they receive it from the QM and are
thereafter responsible for it untill it is checked and accepted back
by the QM. Our QM advisor made up a check out/in list a few years ago
on 8.5x11" paper. It has columns for each pair of Scout's names, the
number of the tent, and a column for other troop gear the pair draws.
Other info such as the trip's destination, date and any other troop gear
taken. When our QM does his job well we have a record of who went on
each trip, what gear was used and when (if) it returned. If anyone
would like a copy please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to me.
132 North Arcadia Park,
Lexington, KY 40503
I suppose the form could be scanned and sent via E-mail but since the
document was not generated electronically investing the $.64 in postage
would get a copy in hand quicker and without the problems of scanning,
encoding, decoding and editing.
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City