If you are interested in trying tarp tenting, here are some suggestions.
Important Points to Remember
- Tarp tents are only limited by your imagination
- Tarp tents can be inexpensive using low cost items from hardware stores
- Tarp tents can be one person or two or more person. We suggest two person shelters working with another Scout for first experiences
- Tarp tent parts can be split easily between more than one Scout for carrying in a backpack
- You will generally want to use a tarp that is 10x12, 12x12 or a little larger to provide enough space underneath for 2 Scouts and gear
- You can add new grommets inexpensively to tarps for your purposes. Mr. Rossbach has grommets and can help you add one or two if needed
- Always try your tarp tent at home first!
- You want to make sure the tarp tent will be sturdy
- You want to make sure you know how to set it up
- You want to make sure you have all the materials you will need: tarp(s), poles, stakes, line/cord, etc.
- Tarps are available in many types and costs
- Inexpensive utility tarps from Home Depot, Menards, etc. These tend to be heavier but you also know that if damaged you will not be out much money
- Menard's 10x12 (Example, always shop for best prices)
- Mid-range cost with mid-range weights - not recommended for starters. These may be a little lighter than utility tarps but at usually a considerable additional expense
- REI 12x12 Tarp (Example, always shop for best options and prices)
- Aqua Quest Tarp (Example, always shop for best options and prices)
- Expensive, light weight tarps. We don't recommend these until you are a serious, older camper who wants to tarp tent often
- Don't forget a second tarp for a ground cloth/floor
Trek Poles with Camera Mount Screws (Similar to Mr. Rossbach's)
Example Tarp Tents
Some good pros and cons of tarp tents. However, Scouts do not cook under a tarp!
This one is similar to Mr. Rossbach's demo.
This example shows a great example how to add a tie point using a marble and line.
- Here is a good example of using PVC to make supports. You may need to add some guy lines for support however.
Great ideas, but the tarp used is a little small for most of our purposes. You could consider one man shelters placed close together.
This one shows another lean-to type tent.