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    Quote Originally Posted by Big George View Post
    We get the explorers to check tents before their expeditions. They are then put aside until the trip. After the expeditions the tents are sent home with one of them who brings it back dry and “clean”. When they bring them back they are put up and checked, pegs counted, inside checked etc. Trang’s are also checked to make sure they have been cleaned. All ok then they are packed away ready for the next time. It’s treated as part of the expedition and part learning to take care of kit.

    We use a “camp” form to list all the equipment that goes out and it’s signed to show all the equipment is returned. Any issues with the kit can be noted on the form and damaged kit can be put aside to be fixed or replaced.

    We’ve adopted this approach because kit was being left back to the stores dirty, wet, wrong poles, no pegs etc. And no one knew who used what last. Now we do and their are far fewer issues with getting kit ready for camps & expeditions. At the moment between ourselves and our partner group it’s the section leaders that run this but we’re looking for someone to take on a quartermaster role. I know it’s easier for explorers to take kit home than for the younger sections but parents of the younger sections seem to have bought i to the approach.
    We tried sending tents home too be bought back dry and clean before but after a few were put in the washing machine with normal detergent (and as such written off) dispite strict instructions on how to clean we had to stop

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasy2k1 View Post
    We tried sending tents home too be bought back dry and clean before but after a few were put in the washing machine with normal detergent (and as such written off) dispite strict instructions on how to clean we had to stop

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    At least the poles would have come back clean.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dasy2k1 View Post
    We tried sending tents home too be bought back dry and clean before but after a few were put in the washing machine with normal detergent (and as such written off) dispite strict instructions on how to clean we had to stop

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    Never had that happen (so far, touch wood etc.). Perhaps our lot are to lazy to do more than hang it up to dry and clean out their rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasy2k1 View Post
    We tried sending tents home too be bought back dry and clean before but after a few were put in the washing machine with normal detergent (and as such written off) dispite strict instructions on how to clean we had to stop
    Aaah, the old "do a job so badly you never get asked again" trick. Sneaky parents.
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