Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Tent management
Re: Tent management
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 16:22:53 -0500
I agree with most of what Roman said, but I'm concerned about stating
that the tents aren't dried until the "next" troop meeting. Seems like
a good way to ruin your tents.
We assign tents by patrol. Each tent is numbered, and who uses it is
tracked by that number. The patrol QM is responsible for handing out
individual tents when we arrive at the activity. When we come home,
each tent, as well as most of the cooking equipment, is distributed
amongst the patrol. The boys decide who's taking what.
The Scouts are told, in no uncertain terms, that they must take the tent
home and open it up immediately to dry. They are supposed to bring it
back at the next troop meeting - usually the next night. At that time
the troop QM and the adult in charge of equipment open the tent and
inspect it for cleanliness and dryness. If its dirty or wet it gets
sent home again.
Our troop policies have a page that explains how the boys are to take
care of the tents. The parents are also informed. They know that a
tent that doesn't come back for several weeks, and is covered in mildew,
will be their responsibility.
And yes, we have made a Scout pay to replace a tent he threw into his
closet, soaking wet, then tried to sneek back into the scout hut four
Tents are the most important item a troop has. You have to make the
boys respect them, and care for them properly.
"Roman J. Smith" wrote:
> If the tents are wet when breaking camp, they are rolled up, but not
> bagged. At the next troop meeting, they are dried, bagged, and stored.
Ron Raab-Long DelMarVa Council
SA, Troop 903 Two Bays District
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Dover, Delaware
Unit Commissioner Problem Captain, Delaware
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