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Old boyscout tents

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by Loosearrow, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. Loosearrow

    Loosearrow

    Apr 14, 2008
    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.
     
  2. Echo4v

    Echo4v

    541
    Dec 10, 2008
    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.

    David
     
  3. Katdaddy

    Katdaddy

    765
    Aug 6, 2007
    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!
     
  4. ieraseu

    ieraseu

    186
    Nov 6, 2007
    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
     
  5. the lone gunman

    the lone gunman Basic Member Basic Member

    936
    May 29, 2008
    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.
     
  6. wintermute

    wintermute

    Oct 18, 2007
    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.
     
  7. JimM

    JimM

    325
    Sep 14, 2001
    Our troop used Baker tents:
    http://www.inquiry.net/OUTDOOR/shelter/old_tents.htm
    Jim
     
  8. Loosearrow

    Loosearrow

    Apr 14, 2008
    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.
     
  9. Bushman5

    Bushman5

    Oct 31, 2007
    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!
     
  10. Toucan Oasis

    Toucan Oasis Banned

    793
    Aug 17, 2009
    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:eek:

    The leaders of the scouts had to have been masochists.:thumbdn:
     
  11. Loosearrow

    Loosearrow

    Apr 14, 2008
  12. Thomas Linton

    Thomas Linton

    Jun 16, 2003
    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. :D
     

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