Good thread again..
Totally depending on the amount in the group,of course.A staggered routine is preferrable.
If you've arrived at you intended 'base camp' and there is a risk of discovery by hostile element.Then sentries with alarm systems are ideal..
As someone has already mentioned.
Anything from trips attached to cans with stones,broken glass.. Layers of noisy breakable twigs..
Consider for the long term..transplanting a natural barrier of bracken,thorny plants,thistles,nettles totally surrounding the camp apart from the
entrance and a hidden escape route.
People don't react favourably to having their sleep patterns constantly altered,So if people have a natural' preference' to their waking hours
then,as long as there are enough 'diversities' staggered pairs of watchies can be comfortably maintained.
Bob likes hunting/trapping at night so when he gets back he can do 2-5 before he 'crashes out for the day'.
Sue is an early riser So she could do 3.30-6.30,Then kicks the low-burning fires into life for the day..
Joe is similar.. so he could up and do 5-8.Then go make breakfast for the group..
The remaining members are awake and alert So they could do increased watch times during the day(in staggered pairs still) where it is less strain on
the eyes and a sneak attack is unlikeliest...etc until dark when the shorter watches are implemented then it all repeats..
If group members are planned successfully there'd be no time for boredom as everyone will be doing one watch and suitable tasks each day.
If I'm alone I've rigged up a hammock half way up a couple of trees and retracted the ladder.So anyone would have to be a loon to try a sneaky night
raid.. Hope they don't bring matches though.
EDIT..Must get a spellchecker.
[edit on 30-5-2008 by AGENT_T]