Over the years I have had a on-going love affair with tents, and still own 3 using them on a regular bases.
I also have owned and used a number of different tarps made from various materials for light weight camping and sheltering.
Never quite satisfied with the various tarps that I have tried, I continued to look for that special tarp, and back some months ago I discovered the 'Scout Tarp' at MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-Op.
After purchasing and using this tarp in the field for some time, I am very pleased with it, and can highly recommend it.
Whether you may want to use it for lightweight camping, or as a shelter while taking part in Field Day, this is the tarp for you. It also comes in two different sizes.
This tarp is made from rip-stop nylon and is silicone treated making it fully waterproof. I actually have slept under it by rolling out my sleeping bag beneath it with a ground sheet to protect the sleeping bag. When using my scout tarp as a lightweight shelter for sleeping, I lower the sides giving more protection from the weather, and allowing the tarp to handle any wind that should come up.
I should mention that the Scout tarp did not come as pictured, as it comes strictly as a tarp without the additional accessories seen in the photo consisting of the Para cord lines, the line locking loops used for altering the length of the guy-lines, the anchors, and the shock-corded poles.
Most have the above accessories you can find in your camping equipment, or in the garage without resorting to purchasing them.
In place of the shock-corded poles, I have used my trekking poles instead, as they work well also.
The scout tarp is a snap to set up by yourself, as all you do is lay it out on the ground, then stretch out each Para cord line pushing each anchor in place, and then place a pole at either end of the ridge line tensioning the tarp, its that easy.
Its also big enough to protect your gear as well by pulling everything in under the tarp. When your done with it, you roll it up and stuff it in its storage bag, then place it in the corner of your pack as it takes little space and weighs the same.
Click on the photo for a closer look....
Read my recent blogpost where I was operating portable with my HF station set up beneath my Scout tarp as seen in the photos.