Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Tent Management & the UnMacGuyver
Tent Management & the UnMacGuyver
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 15:05:52 -0500
Michael Derleth writes:
>One point I haven't seen yet are the health and safety issues:
>With individual tents, there is the not insignificant issue of
>to do with personal tents not up to the rigors of Boy Scouting.
>Tents with decorative rain flys that don't keep water out can
>quickly lead to hypothermia and other serious problems.
>Even older, experienced Scouts and leaders can miss the
>symptoms. I also don't stock parts for the multitude of different
>tents out there. . .and when a pole snaps, etc. I'll do my best
>but I'm not MacGuyver.
I have received a number of private Emails from Scouters with just
this concern. This weekend our newest Scout lost the rain fly for
his tent and our most seasoned Scout forgot his tent poles. In our
Troop tents are optional but we do require every Scout to carry his
own "blue" tarp (the bigger the better) and 50' of nylon
"parachute" cord. These cost about $3 and $1.60 at Wal-Mart. Some
of the Scouts have beautiful multi-purpose backpacking tarps which
are much more expensive and worth every penny.
We find that the most serious problems can be fixed by the tiniest
MacGuyver, given an unlimited number of tarps, cords, and duct
We pitch our Program to sixth graders ONLY in terms of High
Adventure, so we have a different cross-section of Scouts than most
Troops. As a result, there is always a surplus of personal tents
lying around that don't get set up.
Buffalo NY and a Beaver too!