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    Default The Wimpy Kid' Guide To Outdoor Survival-Boys Life Magizine.

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    Greg Heffley might be the “Wimpy Kid” of book and big-screen fame, but he’s no wimp when it comes to camping. (Or is he?) Greg politely declined our offer of a Boy Scout Handbook and Fieldbook, preferring instead to strike out on his own. Against our better judgment, Greg convinced us to print his take on the great outdoors.



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    Too funny.....and true. I can think of a few of our past infamous members that fit that story very nicely. You could probably change the writing a book to making a youtube video and add a few more.
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    Out door survival?
    More like camping.
    But hilarious.
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    We've even had a couple of those game programmers on here. Too funny.

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    Many seem want to start a survival school.....But not sure how do you spell it.......

    Actually reminds me of the neighborhood boys backyard camping.....where the goal was to make it all night with out going in a sleeping on the porch......LOL
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    I do not remember how many times I have awakened in the backyard tent alone on summer mornings after everyone else went inside sometime during the night.

    And in reverse, there have been times my Mom sent me out to the tent first thing in the morning to see if one of my brothers was sleeping outside.

    That was "back in the day" before we had AC in the house and a Tennessee summer night might not drop below 85 degrees and the house was a furnace all night. At least outside you might accidentally get a breeze.

    We also had a big stone BBQ pit so fires and outdoor cooking were approved for our 7-12 age group early on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    I do not remember how many times I have awakened in the backyard tent alone on summer mornings after everyone else went inside sometime during the night.

    And in reverse, there have been times my Mom sent me out to the tent first thing in the morning to see if one of my brothers was sleeping outside.

    That was "back in the day" before we had AC in the house and a Tennessee summer night might not drop below 85 degrees and the house was a furnace all night. At least outside you might accidentally get a breeze.

    We also had a big stone BBQ pit so fires and outdoor cooking were approved for our 7-12 age group early on.
    Ditto.....
    That about when I discovered morning dew,(ground cloth) and Red Ryder tent are not water proof....(dads painter's tarp)
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter63 View Post
    Ditto.....
    That about when I discovered morning dew,(ground cloth) and Red Ryder tent are not water proof....(dads painter's tarp)
    Every year we would get $$ for good grades on the report card. Back then it was not much, 25 cents for an A, 10 Cents for a B, 5 cents for a C. If you made a D you were a dead kid and no CPR was going to bring you back. Not being well motivated I normally just counted by fives down the row.

    About 4th grade I conned my brothers into pooling our funds and buying a tent at the army surplus store. I think 2 shelter halves w/poles, rope and stakes was $5, a bargain even in 1959. I remember my Dad making up the difference between our meager funds and the actual price because we were putting aside the normal sibling revelry for this effort, and it was the start of summer vacation and this might keep us out of the house more. I do not know how that would have worked since we exited the premises as soon as we emptied the corn flakes bowl and did not return until the PB&J was served some time in the afternoon.

    That tent was not taken down until we moved in 1962. At that point it was falling apart from dry rot and my Dad, at the insistence of my Mom, sprang another $5 for the purchase of a new tent at parental expense so we would stay out of the house. We lived in that tent for most of every summer. There were weeks when we did not sleep inside and only came in to eat and take the mandated shower when the stink got so bad it could no longer be tolerated.

    There was once a book about how someone learned everything they ever needed to know in kindergarten.

    I feel much the same about that old tent in the back yard. 90% of what I ever learned about camping I read in the Boy Scout Handbook and tried out in that old ragged tent in the back yard and on a fire built in that BBQ pit.
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    I would venture a guess that no items were ever as cost effective as WWII surplus tents, haversacks, and personal equipment. Not only did that gear go through a world war and several police actions but it also taught about a million kids how to grow up. I'd say the taxpayers got their money's worth on all that gear and a bit more.

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    Yup....and mummy bags smelled like wet chicken feathers and sweat....when wet....unless you were a rich kid and had the over bag.
    Can't remember if I ever heard the term "Bivy" till a few years ago.
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    I have to agree. Those things were pretty stinky. I don't know where that smell comes from but it rubs off and goes with you just handling it.

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    They smell like that when new!

    I got a bunch of new un-issued bags still sealed in plastic and they smelled like a wet dog when taken from the sealed plastic bags.

    I still keep one in the Jeep and it still smells like a wet dog 25 years latter
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    My childhood tent was a heavy canvas (dark green) Army surplus pup tent with two wooden poles that doubled as our jungle spears when not holding up the tent because of the metal tips. The smell of that tent cannot be forgotten. It was softened by the smell of grass. Ahhhh the memories.
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    There have probably been more baked beans eaten and Kook-Aid drank inside those pup tents, more lies...er...stories told and plans made. One of the guys had an A frame. The family was Catholic and there were something like a million kids in the family, which is why they had an A frame. We could cram the whole neighborhood in that thing.

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    I pilfered pop bottles from the neighborhood building sites and got the $14 to purchase, from Sears AND Roebuck, a canvas two man pup tent (I still have it incidentally). Men must have been much smaller back in the day. The last time I put it up for my grandson I climbed in to put up the back pole and wasn't sure I could get out. It was quite a step up from my dad's US Army issued poncho. It had a floor. It seemed a lot bigger when I was a kid. But it served well. I was pretty meticulous about keeping it in good shape (Coke bottles were 2 cents and big Nehi bottles were 3 cents) because is represented a lot of work. Probably about at least 30 trips to the store that was a mile away on my Western Flyer with that bushel sized basket on the front.

    In college, I graduated to a little roomier accommodations because the girls I ran with expected a little more in the way of a tent than the two man pup tent. I always told young men that if they wanted to find a good wife, find a girl that liked to go camping and would actually go with you a second time. That one was a keeper. I know I'm right.

    As my sons grew (that's comes from camping with girls) I got a large 10 man Coleman that could be assembled in 5 or 6 hours. But once you got it up it would withstand a hurricane.

    Now I use a small Coleman dome tent that I found on sale. It has a vent in the side to allow the insertion of electric extension cords to run various survival equipment like fans and air mattress pumps and CPAP machines…

    But the old days were the best. Vienna sausages on a sharp stick over a fire that never had enough wood to get through the night without stumbling around looking for more is about the best tasting stuff there is.

    On a side note, I don't know what the Navy made their knives out of but I have a mess kit knife that I have scraped across the bottom of my mess kit ten thousand times and that sucked will cut a steak as good as any steak knife in our kitchen. I've never sharpened it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan R McDaniel Jr View Post
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    In college, I graduated to a little roomier accommodations because the girls I ran with expected a little more in the way of a tent than the two man pup tent. I always told young men that if they wanted to find a good wife, find a girl that liked to go camping and would actually go with you a second time. That one was a keeper. I know I'm right.



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    Good advice....worked for me...at least till now....LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    I would venture a guess that no items were ever as cost effective as WWII surplus tents, haversacks, and personal equipment. Not only did that gear go through a world war and several police actions but it also taught about a million kids how to grow up. I'd say the taxpayers got their money's worth on all that gear and a bit more.
    I was in the 4th grade before I knew there was a backpack you could buy at the store. Those surplus backpacks were almost impossible to tear up, and the straps and buckles would last forever. I still use my 1 qt canteen cover. The aluminum original has been replaced by plastic and the cup is stainless. But the cover is going strong. I don't know if it counts if you pour bottled water into the canteen to drink it or if you have to skim the top of the cattle trough or lake edge to make it legal. I'm sticking with the bottled water though even if it means going outlaw.

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    That's brilliant. I see you have some Frenchies there. I snapped up some of those a few years back when Cheaper than Dirt had them. They are actually pretty good canteens.

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