Bug nets are an important item to bring to camp to keep those pesky mosquitos away from you as you sleep. The camp’s canvas wall tents may provide protection from the rain, but they offer very little in terms of insect protection. If you don’t already have one, make sure to pick up a bug net like this one before you head off to camp. They can be purchased from places like Amazon, Walmart, and Dick’s for around $15. However, the bug net itself is only the first part of the system, as you will also need some way to support it. Keep reading to see some of the most popular options.
The most common method I see for supporting the bug net (and the option I recommend to first-year campers) It involves using 4 wooden dowels placed in each corner to support the bug net. The dowels are topped with empty water bottles or tennis balls to prevent them from ripping the bug net. Note that duct tape cannot be used on the cots. Zip Ties are a good alternative and rope may work as well. I will have a pack of zip ties with me if anyone needs them. Also, many if not all the cots in our site will be the canvas style (see the picture in the ‘expert’ section) The ‘x’ shaped legs may make it difficult to secure the dowels at the bottom. One potential solution is to secure the bottom of the dowel in another plastic water bottle filled with sand or dirt to give it weight.
For scouts wishing to level-up their bug net game, a DIY PVC frame is a great option. I recommend that first year campers go with the dowel method above, but for veteran scouts, a PVC frame may be the way to go.
For scouts who like to take the easy way and guarantee a bug-free sleeping experience, a pop up bug net may be the way to go. While I have never personally used one, some scouts seem to like it more than the traditional bug net methods.
No matter which option you chose, make sure to read through these helpful tips to get the most out of your bug net.
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