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    Anyone still use or have those old aqua green official boyscout tents and lean to type tents? Picked up one yesterday. Have a lean to style one that I use at times. Looking for information on the different types that were available, can't seem to find any info.

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    Never got to do the boyscout thing although I always wanted to, so I would be very interested in seeing pictures of your tents. Sorry I couldn't add anything constructive.

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    I remember the old scout tents we used some 40 years ago. They were canvas, no floor. They were a pain to put up and loved to collapse in the middle of the night, usually when it was raining!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katdaddy View Post
    I remember the old scout tents we used some 40 years ago. They were canvas, no floor. They were a pain to put up and loved to collapse in the middle of the night, usually when it was raining!
    Those sound like the very same tents the military uses to this day, canvas with no floor. Although they do not tend to fall if put up properly.

    Edit: Here is a link to the military canvas tent:
    https://secure.silkfair.com/store/item/189076

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    I love the smell of those old canvas tents. I have an old canvas ww2 pack and last year when I was flat on my back in a nursing home for 5 months I would cover my head with it at night and the smell would help me sleep. Goofy I guess.



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    I loved those tents. Even when everyone started bringing nylon tents on camping trips, I would still opt for one of the troop's canvas tents - especially in winter. we'd cannibalize a second tent to use as a floor - those things could keep heat in and wind out much better than the more modern tents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loosearrow View Post
    Anyone still use or have those old aqua green official boyscout tents and lean to type tents? Picked up one yesterday. Have a lean to style one that I use at times. Looking for information on the different types that were available, can't seem to find any info.
    Our troop used Baker tents:
    http://www.inquiry.net/OUTDOOR/shelter/old_tents.htm
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimM View Post
    I have two of the baker type tents with a short wall in the back. Put two together and it looks like a wall tent. Camped in one and cooked on a hibatchi. I had lots of fun fishing. Today I set up the one I got the other day. It's called the "Camper". It looks close, but not the same as the Baker lean to. Still that aqua canvas. It packs up nice. A little dirty needs a little work but most of it is there. Took a few pics with my cell phone. Had to use some metal fence posts at an angle for the two poles in the front. The nice thing is you can get your fire closer or in the tent in a hibatchi. I wouldn't sleep with the fire going, but you could put in a small stove jack. It has a short wall in the back that could be lifted for ventilation. No floor. Regards.

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    man i lived in my old green canvas tent when i was a kid. Love the smell of the waterproofing they used on those. Dad would pull his old canvas waterproof tarp out from the truck, rake the ground free of pinecones and stones and put it down, near the big woodshed we had. We would erect the tent with stout poles driven into the ground, and a stout rope for the ridgeline. Dad used big 12" spikes to put the ropes and straps into the ground. I would crawl in there and leave the door open during the day, playing with cars and reading Bradford Angiers 'how to stay alive in the woods'. My trusty SAK and fixed blade would be right beside me, along with a bag of sunflower seeds and raisins. Every once in a while i would crawl out and run around with the dog, making indian war whoops and throwing homemade spears. After getting tired i would crawl back in and read more, the dog lying outside the tent flaps.

    good memories, and whenever i smell an old canvas tent or certain waterproofing compounds, it brings me right back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katdaddy View Post
    I remember the old scout tents we used some 40 years ago. They were canvas, no floor. They were a pain to put up and loved to collapse in the middle of the night, usually when it was raining!
    You and me both. I think the boy scouts should bring all of their old gear back and use it to get evidence from terrorists. Send them on a fifty miler with that crap and a pair of work boots from Grants

    The leaders of the scouts had to have been masochists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Linton View Post
    Thank you. Has been hard for me to find references. They sure had some great stuff that worked.

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    Interesting to read the old catalogs. Turns out they had the ferrocerium rod/"Hot Spark" only they called it the "metal match." No Thermorest-type matresses, however.

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