Selecting a Site to Pitch a Tent

Having operated in private practice since 1998, Bruce Weyhrauch draws on more than three decades of legal experience when providing representation to his clients. 

Separate from his professional duties, Bruce Weyhrauch is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and enjoys camping in his spare time. Pitching a tent is one of the key skills learned by all Boy Scouts. 

Here are some tips for selecting a site. 

1. Select a site on level, slightly soft ground that offers some shelter from the wind and rain, but not under trees shedding branches. Be wary of pitching underneath potential hazards, such as power lines, which could cause issues in extremely windy conditions.

2. If possible, examine the flow of rainwater and find out where it collects. Avoid any areas that will allow surface water to puddle. 

3. Do not pitch directly underneath a tree. Not only does this place you at increased risk if there is a storm, but the sheltered ground results in poor grass cover. However, in a rain forest, that may not be possible so be sure to the tree canopy over any potential text site to avoid dead branches

4. Keep a distance of about 10 meters between the camp site and any areas used for fires to ensure no sparks fly onto the tent.