Pitch and Strike a Patrol Tent

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Pitch and Strike a Patrol Tent (Alternative Method - Brailings Before Side Guys)


Patrol Tent, Poles, Pegs, Mallets, Dollies, Groundsheet


PL to direct the Activity, with some help from Leaders if needed.
Safety briefing by leaders - trip hazards, use of mallets, check condition of equipment
Unlace tent bag
Explain angle of pegs
Demonstrate how to use a mallet and bang in a tent peg
Lay out groundsheet in desired position of tent - make sure there is room all around for guy ropes
Remove tent from bag, and place half-folded tent lengthways on the centre of the groundsheet
Unfold and open out the tent, half on the groundsheet, such that one edge of the sodcloth lies along the centre of the groundsheet.
Make up the pole set, placing the ridge pole along the inside ridge of the tent with the pole threaded through the securing loops of the ridge (if any)
Insert the upright poles into the rodge, and pass the spikes through the eyelets in the canvas
Bring the half of the tent that is off the groundsheet over the ridge pole
Place the dollies onto the pole spikes
Untie the hanked-up main guy ropes on the dollies
Two people handling each upright pole, and one (preferrably a tall Scout) on the centre of the ridge pole.
Raise the tent, both ends equally.
Peg out the main guys (*NOT* storm-lashed at this stage)
When all the main guys are tightened, Scouts holding the poles can now let go of the poles - making sure the uprights are verticsl, and on the centre line of the groundsheet.
Lace up the doors. Explain and demonstrate how to overlap the doors, rather than making a 'zip'.

Peg the corner brailings first! (Demonstrate one), hard up against the edge of the groundsheet.
Now peg out the remaining brailing points along each edge of the groundsheet, tucking the sod cloth under the groundsheet
Untie and peg out the corner guys (45° to the eaves), then the remaining side guys - explain that guy ropes need to be in line with the stitched seams.

Pegging out the brailings first ensures that the walls of the tent will be vertical - and there's no struggling underneath the eaves to find room to swing a mallet!
Storm-lash the main guys.
Peg out the end-eaves of the ridge

Open the doors.
Voilla! One nicely pitched, straight and square tent!

Explain to Scouts that patrol tents are expensive, and must be cared for.
Striking and packing away is a reversal of the process. Ensure that the Scouts know the main guys must NOT be taken off, or the pegs removed, until the tent is ready to be collapsed.



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