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What words do we use with 'tent' when we want to erct it and remove it?
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As far as taking it down goes, I can't think of anything else. Collapse it? Hmm, not sure about that!
A quick Google search has found one Q&A site which gives the opposite of pitch as strike, when referring to tents. Apparently this can also be used for flags, sails and theatre sets. I have no idea if the poster on that site knew what they were talking about, but he sounded pretty certain!
I have heard of 'to strike camp' but I think it is mainly a military term.
I was going to suggest "strike" as well, but you're right, it does sound a bit militaristic.
For most family camping situations, it's "let's get the tent [set] up" and "let's take the tent down" or "let's get the tent folded up."
These days, with tension rods and spring-together nylon poles, "pitching" a tent seems old fashioned. I think we just set it up.
(I worked for L. L. Bean for 3 years, but the vocabulary has left me, I'm afraid.)