Build A Lean-To
One activity that is
great to do while camping is to build a man-made shelter. This
human endeavor of building a structure together as a team results in gaining satisfaction in working with your
bare hands and completing a task with others. One structure that is
tailor-made for this purpose is the building of a lean-to.
A Lean-to is
essentially is a one sided structure that is designed to keep off the rain. It is fairly easy to create the structure although it will take the better
part of a half day to complete a structure of reasonable size.
Here, are some basic tips on how to build a primitive lean-to structure:
1. Place a long piece of wood between the forks of two
2. Place a number of long pieces at a 45 degree angled slope against the long
piece of wood.
3. From here, tie or bend in and out a number of pieces of wood horizontally
along the pieces in step 2. These should go all the way from the
top to the bottom.
4. Get large branch leaves and cover the crosswork of wood with these
branches. The idea is to create enough foliage to keep rainwater
out from underneath.
5. Consider adding sidewalls to the structure in the same way the 45 degree wall
was built, but instead build these walls fully upright.
As you can quickly
tell, the plan for creating a lean-to is fairly straight-forward.
The challenge is putting it together and trying it out. This
challenge be great to build unity with your camping group and also gives you more respect for your past
ancestors who lived in similar structures.
*If you want a list of things to do when it rains, take a look at
Things To Do In A Tent.