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    Does anyone know where I can find a vintage Boy Scouts tent, the Explorer style? I have been looking for years with no luck. It was the style we had in my troop in the early70's... They where the best!!!

  • #2
    You're probably never get the boys to sleep in a tent without floor and screen door.

    I really liked those tents. I would think they would be easy enough to be made. There're really not all that much to them.

    Stosh

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    • #3
      Try looking at the appy trails tents, no floor, 10 min one man setup Lightweight, Inexpensive had mine for a year.

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      • #4
        Explorer design was my favorite! Every now and again, you can find old canvas BSA tents on the big auction site. Several years ago, I got a Miner's and a Overnighter. Still use them.

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        • #5
          Boy's Life ran a segment called Litepac in the 50s-70s with do-it-yourself equipment including tents. I'm sure you could find a pattern close to the Explorer in the BL archive at http://boyslife.org/wayback/

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        • #6
          http://home.earthlink.net/~boy-scout...ter1969-70.pdf

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          • Scouter99
            Scouter99 commented
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            If anyone has one of the shirts or hoodies on page 8 of this PDF I'd still love a scan of the logo.

        • #7
          Page 11 of this catalog shows that tent. http://home.earthlink.net/~boy-scout...ter1969-70.pdf

          Pictured in Boys' Life http://books.google.com/books?id=OvQ...e&q=boy%20scou

          Plans for Explorer Tent http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/675...h313160/m1/20/

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          • #8
            Our SM challenged us to set them up blindfolded!

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            • #9
              Blindfolded? Heck, try after dark, in the rain. It adds a whole new expediency dynamic to the mix.

              Stosh

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              • #10
                The old pup tents were easy to do blindfolded; domes with sleeves for poles are not. Even seeing the tent I still sometimes struggle to get the right sleeve going across. And of course, newer ones have more poles at times. Guess the basic dome is not too bad, as long as you get the cross in the middle handled.

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