- Summer Camp
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- The tent needs to be cleaned and dried even if it did not rain. The tents can get quite wet from morning dew even if there was no rain or snow.
- Start cleaning the tent immediately after the campout. Do not leave the tent in the bag for more than 24 hours after camping.
- Clean out the interior of the tent. You can use a hand vacuum or broom. Wipe down dirty spots with a damp cloth. Tip: Set up the tent, unzip the door, then two people can lift the tent and shake debris right out the door!
- Clean the stakes with the hose or in a sink, and let dry. Shake out any dirt in the stake bag.
- Clean out the tent bag of debris. Let the tent bag, stake bag, and bag for the poles dry completely as well.
- Method One to Dry a Tent: Set up the tent completely, including the rain fly, and make sure it is well and truly DRY by leaving it up for a day or two. Tents can be set up inside in a DRY place, like a garage or basement. On a clear sunny day, a tent can be set up outside for at least 8 hours to DRY. DRY the tent completely to avoid mold.
- Method Two to Dry a Tent: Hang the tent body and the rain fly from a clothes line or on a deck so the air can circulate. Let the tent get well and truly DRY. If it rains, no worries, but leave it hang until a clear sunny day and the tent dries. The tent must dry completely to avoid mold.
- All the tent components and bags should be completely DRY before being repacked into the tent bag.
As you know, the troop has tents for use, and we are working hard to prevent damage to the tents that we have seen in the past. After camping in a troop tent, your scout may be sent home with a tent to clean. Tents need to be cleaned and dried after camping. This is important to avoid mold forming on the tent fabric. We don't want our scouts sleeping in foul, smelly, moldy tents. Mold is a safety issue because it can cause health problems. Cleaning and drying a tent after camping is an important responsibility so here are tips on how to do it.How to Clean and Dry a Tent
Helping your Scout
Cleaning and drying the tent is the scout's responsibility, but he may need some help from his parents, especially younger scouts, to do it properly. The camping trips are fun, but we want our scouts to learn to take responsibility for preparing ahead of time, and for clean-up afterwards. Hopefully these instructions will help parents guide their scouts in proper tent care.
Exceptional Circumstances? Finally, if your physical circumstances (e.g. an apartment) present a challenge to drying a tent, please speak to our scoutmaster or assistant scout leader for for ideas on how to dry a tent in a small space.