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    • There are an overwhelming number of tents available for sale,  all different types.    A reccomendation of what to buy, that would be suitable for scouts camping with the troop, would be helpful for the families, if you decide to go this route.
    • With respect, you’re jumping to conclusions and condemning people when the information available at this point simply doesn’t bear that out. We have no idea about the circumstances, training, supervision or equipment used.
    • Our troop is the same.  Our Scouts all own their own tents. When Scouts cross over from Webelos, they work as a group to see who has tents.  Generally there are enough tents amongst them that we get 2 or 3 scouts in a tent.  Over the first year or two in the troop most scouts acquire their own and then we have plenty.  Occasionally we have to scare up a tent or two - but not that often. I like this model as troop tents are expensive and high maintenance.  Scouts also tend to take better care of things they own and tents are fragile. Unless you come from an economically disadvantaged area, I'd see if you'd get enough families willing to buy their scouts a tent in order to make it work.  I'd stay away from tarps.
    • Call the DE or Committee Commissioner, explain the situation and ask if they know of a troop that can loan a couple of tents, stoves and cooking equipment. There may even be a Chartering Organization with a defunct troop looking to move their equipment.  Barry
    • That’s a model I’ve heard of but not seen in action. Do your Scouts all own and bring their own tents?   Tents are the biggest-pricetag item, for sure. I’ve been looking at DIY tarp options, but the psychological factor of a first camping trip in February with “just a tarp” may be a lot to overcome. Thanks for the other comments!
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