I was once a Girl Guide, and although we didn’t talk about it a lot, we, like our Scouting brothers had a motto: Be Prepared.
Today I had the opportunity to demonstrate that, ‘once a Guide, always a Guide’, as using the materials at my disposal (a golf umbrella, pashmina, Bible, bunch of keys, and a convenient piece of 1900-year-old wall) I manufactured a tent to provide shelter for six people as they ate a picnic.
The location was Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall; the six people were Ma, Pa, three nieces, and yours truly; and the reason for the makeshift tent, was the rain cloud that descended upon us as we arrived at the fort. Other people had raincoats, but frankly we’re just a little bit too cool for the Mac look, and you can’t eat a picnic under a coat.
All in all, a win for a bag full of ‘just in case’ items, and the ingenuity of the Baden-Powells.
In summary: tent-making.