Camping Guide

Camping Guide

  1. Always use a ground cloth – tarp or plastic sheet. This helps keep out ground moisture and helps hold heat in your tent. Heat in a tent comes from your body heat.
  2. Set up on as level a location as possible. Avoid swells that will channel water under your tent.
  3. Make sure that the edges of the ground cloth are completely tucked in under your tent. If you can see it, rain water running off your tent will collect on top of the ground cloth and run between the ground cloth and tent floor. This could allow water to wick up into your tent.
  4. Sleeping bag – choose one rated for the temperatures during your camping trip. A sleeping bag works by keeping your body heat in. You can add a blanket inside your sleeping bag to increase the insulating value. Also remember if you get into a sleeping bag fully dressed you will get cold. You can put your clothes at foot of your sleeping bag so they will not be so cold the next morning.
  5. Sleeping pad – When you lay down in your sleeping bag you compress the insulation on the bottom of your bag. Use a foam sleeping pad under your bag to replace the lost insulation value. If you use an air mattress or cot, remember that this lifts you off the ground and allows cold air to circulate under you. In cold weather you sleep warmer on a foam pad on the ground.
  6. Heaters of any kind are not allowed in tents for any Scout Camping.