An out­door hide­away for young ad­ven­ture-seek­ers

Branches and a sheet pro­vide the frame­work for a sim­ple tent for sum­mer es­capades

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as days grow warmer and show­ers fade away, the lure of the out­doors spurs Char­lie, Josh and Tom to build their own base from which to ex­plore the coun­try­side. Armed with sturdy branches and a large sheet, they are able to build a sim­ple open-ended tent on a flat sweep of grass, pro­vid­ing them with a shel­tered meet­ing place from which to plan ad­ven­tures. Help is needed to cut the branches to size, and it is im­por­tant that the tent is erected in a safe spot, with the ap­proval of par­ents. A thick blan­ket makes a dry and com­fort­able ground cov­er­ing for their sum­mer den.

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Four branches for the two open­ings of the tent, slightly longer than the boys’ height to al­low them to kneel down in­side. Three longer branches for the roof pole and two base poles. Two more branches to fit di­ag­o­nally across the tent walls Old bed sheet long enough to cover the frame and se­cure un­der the base poles Twine Scis­sors Blan­ket or spread for ground cover

1. Step 1: Josh se­lects two branches of equal length and crosses them at the top to form a tri­an­gle. The base should be wide enough for the boys to pass through eas­ily.

2. Step 2: While Josh holds the crossed branches in place, Char­lie wraps twine tightly around the poles and ties them firmly to­gether.

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