How It Works--The Rules of Tent City
On Saturday in Onawa, check in and claim your TWO baggage tags per person at the PBV Front Desk.
If you have fewer bags than your tent address card indicates, tell the front desk crew, please. Otherwise, the crew could be looking for non-existent baggage.
In the morning, do not leave anything unpacked in your tent. Pack both bags with all of your belongings.
Between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. daily, expect our crew members to move through Tent City, pulling tent stakes quietly.
Be Courteous in your neighborhood. Quiet before 5:30 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. We know many of you are neighboring near friends, but when others are trying to sleep, you must use your lowest whisper or save it for morning. Sound carries much further than you think.
You MUST vacate your tent by 7:00 a.m. sharp.
When you arrive at your tent each day, you'll find the fly unzipped at one end. When you leave your tent in the morning, please leave the fly unzipped at that end, unless it's raining.
Be sure to leave only your two packed bags in your tent each morning: remove any items from the side pockets, any hanging lights or fans, ALL TRASH, LEAVES, SCRAPS OF PAPER, ETC.
When you leave your tent in the morning, please pull your bags as near the door (the open fly) of the tent as possible to make it easy for our crew to reach them. You would be surprised at how many people do exactly the opposite, shove them far from the door. Small thing for you, big deal for us. We'll be faster with your help.
On your kybo run at night, as you leave your tent, think about how you'll find it again without disturbing other tenters. Don't shine your flashlight or headlight directly on the tents of others. Shine it on the ground to keep from tripping over stakes, cords, etc. (Tip: some people leave a dim light on inside their tent, to make it easier to spot upon their return.)
Report any damaged tent at the Front Desk. We'll bring our repair kit over immediately and patch things up.
NO BEVERAGES EXCEPT BOTTLED WATER IN OUR TENTS. It's just too easy to spill. No soda, beer, Gatorade. Overnight, use a water bottle with a cap. Obviously no smoking in the rental tents.
NO BIKES IN OUR TENTS. We've had requests from tent-renters that we NOT allow it, because of bike grease in the tents.
In case of a thunderstorm, lay your bike down on the ground. Don't let it fall against a tent.