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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:02 am 
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When we were in Bisbee, we had a pretty active outdoors program. I taught the Pathfinders as much as I could about camping, from camporee style camping to backpacking.
Three of our Pathfinders are now at Thunderbird in Scottsdale. One of them passed on two stories I want to share.

Before a recent Mission Trip to Peru, a student was giving pointers on packing to a young lady who was our female unit captian. The student told her how to pack a tight suitcase by folding all her clothing flat. Our Captian corrected her and told her that if you roll your clothing tight, they back in a lot tighter and you will have more room. Our captian then helped the other student un-pack and re-pack her baggage.

At Thunderbird, the SR class has a camping trip. Some students borrowed a tent from a teacher for the campout. It rained that weekend. "Our captian" saw the tent after they returned to school. She said the tents was dirty and wet and was not back in the tent bag. She tried to ignore the tent, but it started to bother her. They were going to give the tent back to the teacher dirty and wet. "Our captian" took the tent, unpacked it, cleaned it, set it up to dry in the dorm and repacked the tent. She told me it bothered her because she knew the tent would mildew and be ruined.

I guess all the lessons on care of the camping gear paid off. All the times I was hard on them and pulled their tents out of the tent bag and told them to repack it because it did not fit in the tent bag seemed to sink in.

It make you feel good when your Pathfinders finail realize the lessons you try to teach them.

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Our club always cleans and dries their tents before repacking them after camporee. :)

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It is great when the lessons are learned and applied.

The challenge for most clubs is to have a place that is large enough to set the tents up to dry them. I have used several places over the years, but it is hard to find a place that you can leave your tents pitched for a day or so while they dry. We have had tent drying parties on occasion to put the equipment away.

I have taken tents home and left them loose while I worked on them one at a time. It would take a week to clean wash, dry and repack all the tents from a Camporee when the weather was good.

The tents will last a lot longer when properly maintained. It is easier to take care of the tents than to raise the funds for new ones.

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I've pitched the tents in the fellowship hall before to dry. . . Of course I alert the "ladies in charge" first so they're not shocked.

Then I have come back the following day to roll them and put them in the Pathfinder closet.

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I think we missed the point of the post.

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