Camp Equipment and tents

The Institute will provide cookware and any required camp furniture. Company cooks will be detailed to perform the cooking and cleaning. Camp furniture will consist of storage boxes for food and cookware. Officers will have chairs or stools which are not for enlisted men's use. Enlisted men may sit on boxes, the ground, logs or stumps.


Tents will be provided by The Institute. This is to ensure uniformity of tent sizes which will lead to efficient setup of the camp as well as presenting a disciplined look for the public. Two men per tent is the standard occupancy of Institute tents.


Setup and takedown of tents is best done by at least two people. A squad of four should be used to setup up the two tents that they will be using.

The easiest setup method is to stake down one side of the tent, next to the tent that you will be beside. insert the ridge pole and upright poles, then lift the poles and center the uprights. Then stake down the other side and the back. The door should be tightly tied closed and you should not pull the tent too wide so the you can re-tie the door tightly and keep out the weather.


Taking the tent down is a reverse of the process. Remove the stakes on one side. Lay down the poles and pull the tent snug against the remaining stakes. Remove the poles and the stakes. Fold in the triangles of the door and back panel so that they tent is a rectangle. Fold the tent in half twice along the length (i.e. fold the ridge down to the bottom, then repeat that motion. Then fold the length in half (the other direction). Finally fold into thirds in that same direction. If tents must be folded up wet, they must be set up or hung up to dry upon return home or they will mold.


You should always sleep with your head uphill if the tent is on a slope. Sleeping with your head downhill, even on a slight slope, can cause you to have a bad headache by morning. Place the provided modern tarp on the bottom and your period ground cloths covering that. Slide this flooring to the back to leave a space at the front of the tent to place your boots and to take then on and off and not track dirt onto your bedding. You and your tent mate should put personal gear, such as knapsacks, along the middle line of the tent with your sleeping bag, blanket and pad on each side. Your leather accoutrements may hang from a hook near the front of the tent or, along with your rifle (in its gun sock), should lay along the outside edge. Make sure that nothing is touching the sides of the tents because that will cause leaks in the case of rain.


Cleaning tents is done with a mild detergent and a soft brush. This will usually be done as needed and when specified by the Institute quartermaster.




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